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Volume 25 , Issue 1
January/February 2012

Pages 66-69

Design of Removable Partial Dentures: A Survey of Dental Laboratories in Greece

Marianna Avrampou, DDS, MSc/Phophi Kamposiora, DDS, MSc, PhD/Georgios Papavasiliou, DDS, MSc, PhD/Argirios Pissiotis, DDS, MSc, PhD/Joannis Katsoulis, Dr Med Dent/Asterios Doukoudakis, DDS, MSc, PhD

PMID: 22259800

The aim of this study was to compare data on design and fabrication methods of removable partial dentures (RPDs) in two major cities in Greece. A questionnaire was sent to 150 randomly selected dental technicians. The participation rate was 79.3%. The anterior palatal strap, the lingual bar, and the Roach-type clasp arm designs were preferred. Half of the RPDs fabricated were retained using precision attachments. Differences between the two cities were observed in types of major maxillary connectors used, types of attachments and impression materials used, as well as the design of distal-extension RPDs. Postdoctoral education was found to have an impact on RPD fabrication. Despite the differences observed, design and fabrication of RPDs followed commonly used principles. Int J Prosthodont 2012;25:66-69.

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