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Longevity of Removable Prosthodontics: A Review of the Clinical Evidence

Last updated: April 10, 2015
Project Number: RC0648-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical evidence on the longevity of complete dentures?
  2. What is the clinical evidence on the longevity of plastic partial dentures?
  3. What is the clinical evidence on the longevity of metal partial dentures?

Key Message

The large degree of variability in the methodological approach and fluctuating definitions for failure criteria make comparison of publications in this review difficult. Successes ranged between 86.3% to 100% survival for all types of removable dental prostheses after a five year time point. Later time points show varied success rates ranging from 100% after seven years to 33.3% after ten years.