UW School of Dentistry
4 Credits / Quarter 5 (Autumn, Second Year)
Lecture and laboratory course that covers the basic principles of complete (conventional) denture fabrication, as well as diagnosis and treatment of a completely edentulous patient.
The student will gain knowledge in the basic principles of complete dentures. The objectives are for the student to be able to (1) describe and perform the clinical and laboratory steps required to fabricate a complete denture, (2) identify normal and abnormal edentulous anatomy and its relationship to complete denture fabrication, (3) manipulate the dental materials necessary to fabricate a complete denture and (4) describe the typical problems that can occur during complete denture construction and, after complete dentures are placed, be able to solve the same.
Lecture topics include: edentulous anatomy, the construction of impression trays and occlusion rims, positioning artificial teeth and waxing denture contours, preparing the mouth for complete dentures, preliminary edentulous impressions, tissue conditioning, pouring and trimming casts, final maxillary and mandibular impressions, boxing the final impression, pouring and trimming master cast, tooth selection, maxillo-mandibular relations, facebows, articulators, factors of articulation, denture occlusion, clinical try-in of dentures, denture esthetics, processing, and polishing of dentures, resilient denture bases, insertion of dentures, occlusal adjustment and problem solving.
To successfully complete this course, the student is expected to attend lectures, laboratory sessions and demonstrate understanding of the lecture topics and reading assignments through written quizzes and a final examination.
Ethical and professional behavior are expected of students at all times.
Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.
- UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
- UWSOD Competency 2: Communicate the risks and benefits of proposed care and alternative treatment strategies available, then obtain expressed consent for treatment conveyed by a patient or legal guardian.
- UWSOD Competency 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
- UWSOD Competency 4: Provide patient education in the prevention of oral diseases to promote oral and general health.
- UWSOD Competency 5: Recognize the limits of their expertise and seek consultation with other health care providers to facilitate patient care.
- UWSOD Competency 11: Diagnose and manage hard and soft tissue lesions and diseases of the orofacial complex.
- UWSOD Competency 17: Manage replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.
- UWSOD Competency 21: Recognize the role of lifelong learning and self-assessment in maintaining competency.
- UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.
- UWSOD Competency 23: Apply the principles of behavioral science that pertain to patient-centered oral health care.
- UWSOD Competency 25: Manage a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.
- UWSOD Competency 26: Evaluate the outcomes of treatment.
Complete Dentures: A Syllabus and Course Manual Covering the Laboratory and Clinical Steps in Making Complete Dentures, Bolender, Toolson, Smith, Brudvik, Faine, and Ma, 2007-08
*last updated: 11/7/2011