Clinical application of removable partial dentures using thermoplastic resin-Part I: Definition and indication of non-metal clasp dentures

Kenji Fueki, Chikahiro Ohkubo, Masaru Yatabe, Ichiro Arakawa, Masahiro Arita, Satoshi Ino, Toshikazu Kanamori, Yasuhiko Kawai, Misao Kawara, Osamu Komiyama, Tetsuya Suzuki, Kazuhiro Nagata, Maki Hosoki, Shin ichi Masumi, Mutsuo Yamauchi, Hideki Aita, Takahiro Ono, Hisatomo Kondo, Katsushi Tamaki, Yoshizo MatsukaHiroaki Tsukasaki, Masanori Fujisawa, Kazuyoshi Baba, Kiyoshi Koyano, Hirofumi Yatani

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Abstract

This position paper proposes a definition and naming standard for removable partial dentures (RPDs) using thermoplastic resin, and presents a guideline for clinical application. A panel of 14 experts having broad experience with clinical application of RPDs using thermoplastic resin was selected from members of the Japan Prosthodontic Society. At a meeting of the panel, "non-metal clasp denture" was referred as the generic name of RPDs with retentive elements (resin clasps) made of thermoplastic resin. The panel classified non-metal clasp dentures into two types: one with a flexible structure that lacks a metal framework and the other having a rigid structure that includes a metal framework. According to current prosthetic principles, flexible non-metal clasp dentures are not recommended as definitive dentures, except for limited cases such as patients with a metal allergy. Rigid non-metal clasp dentures are recommended in cases where patients will not accept metal clasps for esthetic reasons. Non-metal clasp dentures should follow the same design principles as conventional RPDs using metal clasps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-10
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Prosthodontic Research
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oral Surgery
  • Dentistry (miscellaneous)

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