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Dental Prosthesis Identification for Medical Students

Published: January 8, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9301

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  • BOHC Toolkit.pdf
  • Dental Prosthesis Identification for Medical Students.ppt
  • Dental Prosthesis Instructors Guide.doc

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A significant percentage of emergency room visits are dental related. A proportion of these are due to dental prosthesis pathology. Some prosthesis problems lend themselves to easy solutions in the emergency room. Others require referral to a dentist. This guide will enable non-dentists to recognize dental prostheses and some of their pathology using radiographs of common dental prostheses in the respiratory and alimentary systems. Also included are common pathology caused by poorly maintained or failing prostheses. Some prostheses and instruments are sometimes aspirated or swallowed, which is why it is also important for medical students to know what prostheses need to be removed prior to airway procedures.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize dental prostheses.
  2. Recognize prosthesis pathology.
  3. Remove removable dental prostheses.
  4. Recognize fixed dental prostheses.
  5. Recognize dental implant prostheses.

Author Information

  • Steven Curtis, DDS: University of the Pacific

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Curtis S. Dental prosthesis identification for medical students. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9301. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9301

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.