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Metal versus Plastic Partial Dentures for Patients with Periodontal Disease: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness and Safety

Last updated: April 9, 2015
Project Number: RC0647-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness and safety of metal partial dentures for patients with periodontal disease?
  2. What is the clinical effectiveness and safety of plastic partial dentures for patients with periodontal disease?
  3. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness and safety of metal versus plastic partial dentures for patients with periodontal disease?

Key Message

We did not identify any studies as providing the information needed to compare metal and plastic (acrylic) dentures in patients with periodontal disease. There were no randomized clinical trials, and observational studies tended not to report periodontal status and/or denture material. Therefore, the question of the clinical comparability of metal versus plastic partial dentures cannot be answered at this time.