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Volume 29 , Issue 2
March/April 2016

Pages 166–168

Impression Procedures for Metal Frame Removable Partial Dentures as Applied by General Dental Practitioners

Wietske A. Fokkinga, DDS, PhD/Judith van Uchelen, DDS/Dick J. Witter, DDS, PhD/Jan Mulder, BSc/Nico H.J. Creugers, DDS, PhD

PMID: 26929957
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.4540

This pilot study analyzed impression procedures for conventional metal frame removable partial dentures (RPDs). Heads of RPD departments of three dental laboratories were asked to record features of all incoming impressions for RPDs during a 2-month period. Records included: (1) impression procedure, tray type (stock/custom), impression material (elastomer/alginate), use of border-molding material (yes/no); and (2) RPD type requested (distal-extension/tooth-bounded/ combination). Of the 132 total RPD impressions, 111 (84%) involved custom trays, of which 73 (55%) were combined with an elastomer. Impression border-molding material was used in 4% of the cases. Associations between impression procedure and RPD type or dentists’ year/ university of graduation were not found.

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