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The International Journal of Prosthodontics

Edited by George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, MS, FRCD(C)

ISSN 0893-2174

Publication:
January/February 2012
Volume 25 , Issue 1

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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

Pages: 66-69
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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