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Clinical and academic recommendations for primary dental care prosthodontics

Olley, Ryan C. and Frost BEM, Peter M. 2019. Clinical and academic recommendations for primary dental care prosthodontics. British Dental Journal 227 (6) , pp. 451-455. 10.1038/s41415-019-0785-6

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Prosthodontic practice includes a large proportion of dental care provision, mostly undertaken in primary dental care (PDC) in the UK. However, there is limited research evidence in prosthodontic practice, necessary to tackle key questions to improve oral and dental health. In addition, many overarching challenges exist within the NHS system relevant to prosthodontics. For example, demands on healthcare services from increasing patient expectations, the ever-ageing and growing population, risks of litigation, availability of appropriate care, difficulties with access to care, rapidly emerging treatments and technologies, and ongoing needs for education. This article develops clinical and academic recommendations to improve oral health improvements in PDC prosthodontics, further to recommendations determined by the James Lind Alliance, a non-profit making initiative to tackle treatment 'uncertainties' (, and the overarching challenges, which are mentioned above. Considerable clinical and academic author experiences from primary, secondary and tertiary care as well as education and research in prosthodontics are employed. We consider management of networks involving patients, carers, healthcare professionals, industry and academics, in order to increase access to improve oral and general health and help drive dental research, education and communication. We investigate how to manage dental disease and intervene to improve the longevity of restorations and the dentition. Finally, we review how rapidly developing digital technologies can best be utilised, in conjunction with industry, in order to improve oral health.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: British Dental Association
ISSN: 0007-0610
Date of Acceptance: 3 July 2019
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 09:15

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