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Evidence-based guidelines for the care and maintenance of complete dentures

A publication of the American College of Prosthodontists
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    * Dr. Felton is a professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also is the guest editor of this supplement.
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    * Dr. Cooper is a professor and the chair, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    Lyndon Cooper
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    * Dr. Duqum is a clinical assistant professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    Ibrahim Duqum
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    * Dr. Minsley is an associate professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    Glenn Minsley
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    * Dr. Guckes is an associate professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    Albert Guckes
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    * Dr. Haug is a professor, Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Indiana University, Indianapolis. He represented the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs on the task force.
    Steven Haug
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    * Dr. Meredith is a clinical associate professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City. She represented the Academy of General Dentistry on the task force.
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    * Ms. Solie is a dental hygienist, Spanish Springs Family Dental, Sparks, Nev. She represented the American Dental Hygienists' Association on the task force.
    Caryn Solie
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    * Mr. Avery is the director of training and education, Drake Precision Dental Laboratory, Charlotte, N.C. He represented the National Association of Dental Laboratories on the task force.
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    * Ms. Chandler is the executive director, American College of Prosthodontists, Chicago.
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    * Dr. Felton is a professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also is the guest editor of this supplement.
    * Dr. Cooper is a professor and the chair, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    * Dr. Duqum is a clinical assistant professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    * Dr. Minsley is an associate professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    * Dr. Guckes is an associate professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    * Dr. Haug is a professor, Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Indiana University, Indianapolis. He represented the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs on the task force.
    * Dr. Meredith is a clinical associate professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, School of Dentistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City. She represented the Academy of General Dentistry on the task force.
    * Ms. Solie is a dental hygienist, Spanish Springs Family Dental, Sparks, Nev. She represented the American Dental Hygienists' Association on the task force.
    * Mr. Avery is the director of training and education, Drake Precision Dental Laboratory, Charlotte, N.C. He represented the National Association of Dental Laboratories on the task force.
    * Ms. Chandler is the executive director, American College of Prosthodontists, Chicago.

      ABSTRACT

      The current rates of edentulism have been estimated to be between 7 percent and 69 percent of the adult population internationally. In the United States, while the incidence of edentulism continues to decline, rapid population growth coupled with current economic conditions suggest that edentulism and conventional denture use will continue at current or higher numbers. Unfortunately, evidence-based guidelines for the care and maintenance of removable complete denture prostheses do not exist. In 2009, the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) formed a task force to establish evidence-based guidelines for the care and maintenance of complete dentures. The task force comprised members of the ACP, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs, the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the National Association of Dental Laboratories and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. The review process included the assessment of over 300 abstracts and selection of over 100 articles meeting the inclusion criteria of this review. The task force reviewed synopses of the literature and formulated 15 evidence-based guidelines for denture care and maintenance. These guidelines were reviewed by clinical experts from the participating organizations and are being published in The Journal of the American Dental Association for widespread distribution to the dental community. These guidelines reflect the views of the task force.

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