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J Am Dent Assoc. 2011 Feb;142 Suppl 1:1S-20S.

Evidence-based guidelines for the care and maintenance of complete dentures: a publication of the American College of Prosthodontists.

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Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450, USA.


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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