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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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This resource has pictures of all common dental prostheses. Also included are common pathology caused by poorly maintained or failing prostheses. Some of this pathology can be treated in an Emergency Room, others must be treated by a dentist in his office. Medical students must also know what prostheses need to be removed prior to airway procedures. In addition, prostheses and instruments are sometimes aspirated or swallowed. A smorgasbord of radio-graphs showing prostheses in the respiratory and alimentary systems is included.

A significant percentage of emergency room visits are dental related. A proportion of these are due to dental prosthesis pathology. This guide will enable non-dentists to recognize dental prostheses, and some of their pathology. Some prosthesis problems lend themselves to easy solution in the emergency room. Others require referral to a dentist.

Educational Objectives

  1. To recognize dental prostheses.
  2. To recognize prosthesis pathology.
  3. To be able to remove removable dental prostheses.
  4. To recognize fixed dental prostheses.
  5. To 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.