Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Removable Prosthodontics - Cast Removable Prostheses

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces the use of metal alloys in the construction of removable prostheses. The theory supporting clinical and laboratory aspects of partial and full dentures is presented and the various types of casting machines are studied.

At the end of this unit, the student is expected to have all the necessary background to construct a metal alloy denture with an understanding of all the theoretical concepts involved.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to provide the student with an in-depth theoretical knowledge of cast removable prosthodontics from a clinical and dental laboratory perspective, in order to appreciate and understand the challenges in providing and maintaining these dentures.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Explain the sequencing of all the clinical and laboratory steps involved in fabricating and maintaining cast dentures.
- Discuss dental articulators and surveyors, and their role in cast denture fabrication.
- Discuss the importance of trial dentures prior to fabrication and completion of cast dentures.
- Discuss the various components used in cast dentures.
- Discuss the process of electrolytic polishing of metals.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify the challenges and limitations in providing cast removable dentures.
- Interpret correctly the laboratory prescription provided by the dentist.
- Communicate with the prescribing dentist the laboratory limitations associated with the prescription and suggest appropriate laboratory techniques.
- Organize the sequencing of all the laboratory steps involved in fabricating and maintaining cast removable dentures.
- Select and use properly dental articulators and surveyors.
- Fabricate the various models used in cast removable dentures.
- Construct various components used in cast partial dentures.
- Maintain cast removable prostheses.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Henning Wulfes, Precision Milling and Partial Denture Construction, 1st Edition 2004, Muller Druckerel AG Brenenhaven.
- J Osborne/G Lammie, Partial Dentures 4th Edition 1981, Blackwell Scientific Publication.
- Stewart’s clinical removable partial prosthodontics / Rodney D., Phoenix, David R. Cagna, Charles F. DeFreest. Edition 4th ed. Quintessence Pub., 2008. ISBN 9780867154856.
- Prosthodontic Treatment for Partially Edentulous Patients. Zarb, Bergman, Clayton and McKay. Mosby 1984

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Nikolai Attard
Mario Joseph Zarb

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