Simplifying Precision Partial Denture Design

What you will learn

Even with the increasing number of implants being placed, there are many patients that, for one reason or another, may not be able to have implants. For this reason, it is very important to be able to design partial dentures that last a lifetime. Participants will learn the 3 keys to designing a partial, along with tips for successful partial cases.

Meeting Goals/Objectives

  • Understand the importance of treatment planning partial cases
  • Apply the 3 key principles of partial denture design
  • How to create horizontal stabilization, vertical support and retention
  • How to choose an attachment

Pre-Meeting Prep

  1. Two weeks prior to the meeting, please review the course manual and notes from Seminar Two (if they have attended) on partial denture design.
  2. Try to look for a case you may have completed or are currently planning for which a partial denture may be an option. Bring documentation of that case for group discussion.

Meeting Schedule

1. Video: 1 hour.
2. Discussion questions: 30 – 60 minutes depending on group.
3. Review cases brought by participants: depending on remaining time available

Discussion Points/Questions

  • What are the 3 keys to designing a partial?
  • Why is it not good practice to use breaker attachments?
  • Explain when you would choose a partial and when you would use an implant as your treatment plan.
  • What are the reasons for not relining a partial with pressure or luting? Describe the best method for relining a partial.
  • Describe when and how to choose the shade for the porcelain crowns in a combination partial case.
  • Explain when to use an intracoronal attachment.

CE Codes Breakdown

  • CE Credits Awarded: 2
    (L) Lecture
    (P) Participation/Discussion/Hands-On