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The teaching of fixed partial dentures in undergraduate dental schools in Ireland and the United Kingdom

Lynch, Christopher Daniel, Singhrao, H., Addy, Liam D. and Gilmour, Alan Scott Maxwell 2010. The teaching of fixed partial dentures in undergraduate dental schools in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation 37 (12) , pp. 908-15. 10.1111/j.1365-2842.2010.02106.x

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All areas of the practice of dentistry are evolving at a considerable pace. One area in particular which has seen a rapid revolution is the oral rehabilitation of partially dentate adults. The aim of this study was to describe the contemporary teaching of fixed partial dentures (FPDs) in dental schools in Ireland and the United Kingdom. An online questionnaire which sought information in relation to the current teaching of FPDs was developed and distributed to 15 Irish and UK dental schools with undergraduate teaching programmes in Spring 2009. Responses were received from 12 schools (response rate=80%). All schools offer teaching programmes in relation to FPDs. The number of hours devoted to pre-clinical/phantom head teaching of FPDs ranged from 3 to 42h (mean: 16h). The staff/student ratio for pre-clinical teaching courses in FPDs ranged from 1:6 to 1:18 (mode: 1:12). Cantilever resin-retained FPDs were the most popular type of FPD provided clinically (average=0 83 per school; range=1-2). Five schools (42%) report that they have requirements (e.g. targets, quotas, competencies) which students must complete prior to graduation in relation to FPDs. Fixed partial dentures form an important part of the undergraduate teaching programme in UK and Irish dental schools. While this teaching is subjected to contemporary pressures such as lack of curriculum time and a lack of available clinical facilities and teachers, there is evidence that teaching programmes in this area are evolving and are sensitive to current clinical practice trends and evidence-based practice. @ 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: fixed partial denture; prosthodontics; fixed bridges; dental education; undergraduate
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1365-2842
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:03

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