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Unit information: Complete Denture Prosthetics in 2020/21

Unit name Complete Denture Prosthetics
Unit code ORDSM0049
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Jagger
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This Unit of Teaching will be offered as an Optional Unit as part of a modular distance learning programme. The programme will allow students to build Certificate, Diploma or Masters level qualifications by combining optional 20 credit units.

The aim of this Unit is to produce knowledgeable practitioners who can better synthesise information to improve treatment planning and choices of clinical treatments thereby improving outcomes in their treatment of edentulous patients.

The Unit has three Elements. The Element aims are:

Element 1. Assessment and treatment planning

  • To review the importance of teeth to function and wellbeing.
  • To describe the diagnostic skills needed to arrive at an achievable treatment plan.

Element 2. Clinical stages

  • To review good practice in complete denture treatment including impressions, jaw relation stage, occlusal considerations, trial dentures and fit.
  • To review good practice in maintenance of complete dentures

Element 3. Special techniques. Problem solving

  • To describe the reasons for patients’ dissatisfaction with complete dentures.
  • To describes techniques which may solve these problems.
  • To describe a systematic approach to problem solving

Intended learning outcomes


The student should be able to:

  • Describe the anatomical and psychological consequences of tooth loss.
  • Describe the most common problems associated with complete dentures.
  • Know how to arrive at an achievable plan for edentulous patients.
  • Know strategies for finding reliable clinical solutions.


The student should be able to:

  • Explain treatment options to the patient including risks and benefits in order to fulfil the requirements of informed consent
  • Obtain accurate impressions of edentulous mouths
  • Make appropriate clinical records to allow the setting up of teeth.
  • Recommend to the dental technician occlusal schemes appropriate to individual cases.
  • Assess and correct where necessary tooth positions and settings aimed at achieving a stable balanced occlusion
  • Produce aesthetic arrangements of teeth with the participation of the patient
  • Fit and adjust dentures and correct errors of the denture base and occlusion
  • Provide patients with information about ongoing care

Teaching details

Teaching will use a blended learning approach delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students will be expected to engage with all learning.

The Unit comprises three Elements and two study days. Teaching includes:

  • Study of selected literature on website
  • Problem solving using self-directed literature research
  • Interactive lectures

Assessment Details

Summative assessments: # Element 1. Written assignment (15%)# Element 2. Written Assignment (15%)# Element 3. Written assignment (15%)# A final written examination comprising Multiple Short Answer questions of 2 hours' duration (55%) All assessments must be passed ≥ 50% and there is no compensation between the individual assessments. To achieve credit points for the Unit, candidates will have to complete each assignment to at least pass level. It will also be necessary for candidates to pass the end of course examination. Formative assessment: # Study day activities will provide formative assessment

Reading and References

  • McCord & Grant, A Clinical Guide to Complete Denture Prosthetics. BDJ Books 2000
  • Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient, 5th Edition. R. M. Basker, J. C. Davenport, J. M. Thomason. Wiley-Blackwell 2011