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Advanced Topics in Removable Prosthodontics




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Term: Winter 2008
Published: April 3, 2008
Revised: June 11, 2010

This is a clinically oriented course, which covers topics that were not included in the basic courses of both removable partial denture fabrication and complete denture fabrication. Topics including denture repairs, overdentures, implant supported dentures, single dentures, and combination case will be covered on the complete denture side of the course. Topics on the removable partial denture side of the course will include rotational path removable partial dentures, swing lock and precision attachment removable partial dentures, as well as repair and maintenance phase information.

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Syllabus Jeffrey Shotwell Attribution
Learning Objectives

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course the student will:

  • Understand the difference between a provisional immediate complete denture service (stayplate) and a conventional immediate complete denture service.
  • Have an exposure to various repair methods used in complete and partial denture service.
  • Understand the protocol for removable partial denture recall and be familiar with the individual procedures used for the recall.
  • Recognize the signs that would require a reline of a removable partial denture and be familiar with the clinical steps to accomplish the reline.
  • Understand the clinical steps required for the repair a complete denture or partial denture.
  • Be able to organize a plan of treatment for a combination case.
  • Have an exposure to both rotational path removable partial dentures and swing lock removable partial dentures.
  • Have an exposure to precision attachment removable partial dentures and overdentures.
  • Be familiar with the necessary steps for the planning of a single tooth implant replacement as well as the planning necessary for an implant supported lower overdenture.

Course Schedule Information

Week Lecture Topic
1 Introduction / Immediate Stayplate
2 Combination Case
3 No Classes / Dr Martin Luther King Day Obs.
4 Repairs for CD’s and RPD’s
5 Tooth Supported Overdenture
6 Review of RPD components with emphasis on clinical application
7 Mid-Semester Examination
8 No Class / Spring Break
9 Design Considerations for RPD’s
10 Precision Attachment RPD’s
11 Rotational Path / Swing Lock RPD’s
12 Planning for single tooth implant
13 Planning implant supported overdenture
14 Final Examination
15 Make-up Final Examination
Reading List



  • Boucher’s Prosthodontic Treatment for Edentulous Patients. 12th Edition, Mosby & Co. Editors: Zarb, Bolender, and Carlsson.
  • Removable Partial Denture Desigh Outline Syllabus. 5th Edition (Arthur J. Krol, Theodore E. Jacobson, Frederick C. Finzen, Published by: Indent 57 Ridgewood Drive San Rafael, Calif. 94901).
  • Implant Overdentures Quintessence Books. Editors: Feine, Carlsson, 2003.

About The Instructor

Jeffrey L. Shotwell

Jeffrey L. Shotwell, DDS, MS

Biologic & Materials Sciences
Associate Professor
School of Dentistry, University of Michigan

Dr. Shotwell joined the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1973 after a serving as a Dental Officer in the Navy. Dr. Shotwell is currently a full-time faculty member. He has been an instructor in both the graduate and undergraduate clinics. He also participates in the Dental Faculty Associates practice.

Dr. Shotwell's research interests include aspects of color with dental materials as well as in vivo porcelain wear studies. He is also interested in outcome studies that evaluate the patient's perception relative to success of treatment especially for complete denture treatment. He has recently spent a sabbatical period at Mc Gill University in Montreal, Canada, working to begin a long term clinical trial regarding this research. 

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