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Chairside Live – Case of the Week Compendium 3: Removable Prosthodontics: Materials and Techniques

Removable Prosthodontics
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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

Michael C. DiTolla, DDS, FAGD

Although steady advances in fixed prosthodontics have made these solutions increasingly popular, many patients still present with circumstances for which the application of a removable prosthesis provides the greatest opportunity for clinical success. This presentation includes a series of case examples presented by Dr. Michael DiTolla on past episodes of Chairside Live, in which he highlights best practices to follow and potential pitfalls to avoid when implementing these time-tested restorative solutions. Participants who view this presentation will acquire valuable information on the application of removable prosthetics, including:

  • New technologies in removable prosthodontics
  • Types of full and partial denture materials
  • Reinforcement options for patients prone to fracturing removable appliances
  • Pick-up impression techniques
  • Accurately hooking occlusion rims in centric relation
  • Preparing with guide planes, line-angle modifications, rests and undercuts
    Esthetics, functionality and placement of clasp type
  • Designing partials for limited-space cases
  • Combining removable solutions with fixed prosthodontics
  • Altering skeletal bite classifications through removable prosthodontics
  • Efficient and effective communication with the lab


With the many exciting restorative options available in dentistry today, treatment that incorporates removable prosthetic appliances remains an effective and reliable clinical solution. The clinician can make this treatment modality accessible to their patients by utilizing appropriate impression techniques, cooperating efficiently with the lab, and maintaining knowledge of the latest technologies and their applications. In this presentation, Dr. Michael DiTolla uses case examples featured on Chairside Live to exhibit materials, hardware selections and ideal methods to adopt when integrating removable prosthodontics into the dentist's daily practice.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.

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