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Complicating factors in complete dentures: assessing case complexity


This article aims to describe common complicating factors that impact on the success of complete denture treatment and present an overview of the challenges these pose in practice. The authors present a range of medical, oral and social factors to consider when providing treatment to edentulous patients, allowing the practitioner to identify cases which may require referral. The information is applicable to all dental practitioners, and is a useful aid to highlight complicating factors in individual patients and to make well-informed clinical decisions.

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  • Dental practitioners must be able to assess complexity in complete dentures and plan care for individual patients.

  • Medical, oral and social factors all contribute to case complexity in complete dentures.

  • Knowledge of these factors, combined with the ability to identify these through patient assessment, may aid practitioners in making well-informed clinical decisions to support edentulous patients.

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Mr Mark Bishop: conceptualised and contributed to the writing of the paper. Mr Jonathan Dixon: contributed to the writing of the paper. Miss Bhavisha Mistry: contributed to the writing of the paper.

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Bishop, M., Dixon, J. & Mistry, B. Complicating factors in complete dentures: assessing case complexity. Br Dent J 231, 451–455 (2021).

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