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Partial dental prosthesis is a very important field of dental rehabilitation process that usually is not well understood, mainly because it involves the repercussion on more than 10 of the 32 functions performed by the stomatognatic system. In order to fit several very important considerations about partial removable dental prosthesis design, some discernment about the need to consider factors that could affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are presented, particularly when the lack of teeth is unilateral or bilateral. It is necessary to take on account that stomatognatic system performs the mastication, the oral carbohydrate digestion, the vocalization and other functions that could change drastically when there are no sufficient posterior teeth. But this lack also affects two general functions: the dynamic balance and the listening capability. All of those factors are very important to formulate and to produce high quality removable dental prosthesis; therefore, this kind of work couldn’t be performed by a simple dentist or by a dental prosthetic technician without a professional guidance. Since this is a very important and complex assignment, this paper is the first of a four assay being oriented to improve the rehabilitation treatment of the masticatory system as a part of the stomatognatic system.

José Fernando Barreto, Universidad del Valle

Docente del Área de Investigación, Escuela de Odontología, Facultad de Salud, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.
Barreto, J. F. (2024). Restored vertical dimension for the removable partial denture. Colombia Medica, 39(1.Supl.1), 68–78.


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