UW School of Dentistry

PROS 525

Removable Partial Denture Technique

A. Marashi

4 Credits / Quarter 7 (Spring, Second Year)

Course Description

Lecture-laboratory course dealing with those procedures the dentist must perform to fabricate a physiologically acceptable removable partial denture. The student gains experience via clinically simulated laboratory exercises prior to beginning prosthodontic treatment of a partially edentulous patient.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge of removable partial denture design and construction. The objective will be for the student to be able to construct a partial denture which will satisfy the biomechanical requirements of a partially edentulous patient.

Course Outline

Projects include: designing diagnostic casts, preparing guide planes and rest seats, making immediate temporary RPDs, making polyvinylsiloxane impression of crown preps using acrylic resin base/PVS materials for occlusal records, waxing and surveying wax patterns for crowns, making custom impression trays for maxillary RPDs, making final impressions for RPD framework, evaluating wax pattern for RPD framework, critiquing metal framework, adjusting and polishing metal frameworks, add trays and make altered cast impression, alter master cast and add occlusion rim.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, students are expected to attend lectures and laboratory sessions and to demonstrate their understanding of the lecture topics through quizzes, a midterm and a final. The technical demonstration of this knowledge may be demonstrated through laboratory practicals during the midterm and the final examination. Faculty make written evaluations of daily progress. A laboratory competency exam will also be administered to evaluate the student’s knowledge and ability in preparing guide planes and rest seats.

Students are expected to adhere to the ethical and professional standards of the School of Dentistry 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.

Competencies Addressed

  • 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 11: Diagnose and manage hard and soft tissue lesions and diseases of the orofacial complex.
  • UWSOD Competency 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • 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.


*last updated: 11/7/2011