LOGIN
 
Share Page:
Back

Volume 11 , Issue 4
July/August 1998

Pages 295-301


A Definition of Prosthetic Dentistry

Jokstad/Orstavik/Ramstad


PMID: 9758991

Purpose: A more precise and up-to-date definition of prosthetic dentistry is warranted. The aim of the present review is to present a new core definition of the discipline on the basis of a discussion of existing definitions. Materials and Methods: Clinical textbooks in prosthetic dentistry and dental implantology, as well as medical and dental glossaries were reviewed. Results: Two main categories of definitions of prosthetic dentistry were identified: first, definitions that emphasized the technologic aspects of the discipline, ie, the fabrication of prostheses; and second, definitions that incorporated some reference to the objectives or aims of prosthetic treatment, ie, the restoration of one or more apsects of oral function. Slightly more than half of the citations contained such aim-related references, and this aspect tended to be most pronounced in recent publications. Conclusion: The following definition is ventured: prosthodontics is the discipline of dentistry concerned with the consequences of congenital absence or acquried loss of oral tissues and with the methods for and assessment whether more good than harm is done by inserting artificial devices made from alloplastic materials


Full Text PDF File | Order Article

 

 
Get Adobe Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. This is a free program available from the Adobe web site.
Follow the download directions on the Adobe web site to get your copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 

© 2017 Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc

IJP Home
Current Issue
Ahead of Print
Archive
Author Guidelines
About
Accepted Manuscripts
Submission Form
Submit
Reprints
Permission
Advertising
Quintessence Home
Terms of Use
Privacy Policy
About Us
Contact Us
Help