Dent 445: removable prosthodontics 4 (3 credit hours: 1 theory, 2 clinical)

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(3 credit hours: 1 theory, 2 clinical)

Jordan University of Science and Technology

Faculty of Dentistry

Department of Proshodontics

First Semester

Course Syllabus

Course Information

Course Title


Course Code

DENT 445


Dent 343, Dent 344

Course Website;


Dr. Esam Alem

Office Location

Second Floor, Dental Teaching Clinics (10G), JUST Campus

Prosthodontics Teaching Clinic, DTC

Office Phone

02-7201000 ext. 23944

Office Hours

By appointment, Tues (9am – 12 pm), Wed (9am – 12pm)


Teaching Assistant(s)

Dr. Ziad Al-Dwairi, Dr. Mousa Marashdeh, Dr. Bilal El Masoud, Dr. Saleh Almohammed,

Course Description

The course is designed to provide students with more knowledge of the clinical aspects of prosthodontics. It concentrates on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of patients in need for complete or removable partial dentures, managing complaints and complications, oral pathological conditions related to complete dentures, overdentures, relining, rebasing, and repairs of removable prostheses, copy dentures and immediate complete dentures.

Text Book


Prosthodontic Treatment for Edentulous patients


G.A Zarb; C.L. Bolender; J.C. Hickey and G.E Carlsson



Year / Edition

2004 / Twelfth


Fenn, Liddelow, and Gimsons' Clinical Dental Prosthetics


A. Roy McGregor


Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd

Year / Edition

1989 / Third


A Clinical Guide to Complete Denture Prosthetics


J.Fraser McCord, Alan A. Grant


British Dental Journal

Year / Edition



Complete Prosthodontics: Problems, Diagnosis And Management


Alan A. Grant, John R. Heath, J. Fraser McCord


Mosby-Year Book

Year / Edition



Stewart's Clinical Removable Partial Prosthodontics


Rodney D. Phoenix, David R. Cagna, Charles F. DeFreest


Qunitessence Publishing Co Inc

Year / Edition

2008 / Fourth


Removable Partial Denture Design - Outline Syllabus


Arthur J. Krol, Theodore E. Jacobson, Frederick C. Finzen



Year / Edition

1999 / Fifth


McCracken’s Removable Partial Prosthodontics


Alan B. Carr, Glen P. McGivney, David T. Brown


Elsevier Mosby

Year / Edition

2005 / Eleventh (New edition: June, 2010 – Twelfth Ed.)

Assessment Policy

Assessment Type

The examination will comprises two formal written examinations in the form of:

1.Midterm examination

2. Final exam

Midterm Exam

40%: Intra-semester work for the 1st and 2nd semesters as follows:

15 Marks: Midterm written exam

5 Marks: Quizzes

20 Marks for Clinical Assessment (Requirements) as follows:
1st semester:

5 Marks: Complete denture case

5 Marks: Provisional RPD case
2nd semester

5 Marks: Complete denture case

5 Marks: Provisional RPD case

Final Exam

40%: Final: Written

20% Viva and/or Spot




Course Objectives


Students will be introduced to the following:

  • Basic principles of prosthetic dentistry

  • Identifying patient’s problems and rendering a diagnosis requires insight to a patient’s social and medico dental background.

  • Students are introduced to the clinical and theoretical aspects of removable prosthodontics which involves the examination, diagnosis, treatment planning, construction of the removable prostheses and maintenance of the hard and soft tissues.

  • Concepts involved in the design and production of complete & partial dentures

  • Health and safety in the clinics Communication with the dental laboratory

Teaching & Learning Methods

  • Duration: 14 weeks

  • Lectures: 13 hours, 1 hour per week ( including 1hour midterm exam)

  • Clinical : 3- hours clinic/week

  • Laboratory: students should do the laboratory work for one complete denture and one acrylic partial denture. This will be supervised by trained technicians.

  • Seminars: 4-5 selected topics will be covered in seminar-based lectures in the 2nd term

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

Related Objective(s)


Successful completion of the theoretical part of this course should lead to the following learning outcomes:


Be able to take history and examine an edentulous and partially dentate patients


Understand the principles of formulating a treatment plan for an edentulous and partially dentate patients


Be able to critically appraise the quality of prosthetic laboratory work


Understand the principles of balanced occlusion in complete dentures,


Be aware of the properties of materials used in removable prostheses construction


Gain working knowledge on immediate dentures, copy dentures, relining and rebasing techniques.


Understand the principles of fabricating and designing RPD

Upon successful completion of the clinical part of this course, the student should gain the following skills:


Concepts of clinical examinations, diagnosis, treatment planning


Construction of the prostheses and maintenance of the hard and soft tissues


Ability to survey diagnostic casts and input in the design process of acrylic partial dentures


Ability to practice all clinical and laboratory steps of complete and partial denture construction

Useful Resources

  1. J.U.S.T Complete Denture Manual

  2. J.U.S.T Removable Partial Denture Manual

(3) Lecture Handouts

Course Content



Chapter in text


Introduction and Course Description


Clinical Assessment of CD patients/Review of Clinical Steps of CD


Acrylic Partial Dentures


Impression Techniques in CD


Difficulties and Solutions in Complete Dentures


Occlusion and Check Records for Complete Dentures


Complaints in Complete Dentures


Relining, Rebasing and Repairs in Complete Dentures


Copy Dentures




Immediate Complete Dentures


Midterm Exam


Review of RPD Design I


Review of RPD Design II (Distal Extension Bases)



Clinical Content & Weight:

No. of clinics

Clinical requirement

Skills gained


Taking History and clinical Examination for complete or partial denture patients.

Primary impressions using impression compound and/or alginate

Skills of gaining information from patients and establish ways of good communication.

Selection of appropriate size of stock tray, handling impression compound and alginate, ability to evaluate the impression


Border molding using tracing compound and secondary impressions using ZOE impression material or alginate for partially dentate patients

Ability to trim special tray to the appropriate dimensions and trace the borders accurately before making the impression


Jaw registration

Ability to trim wax rim according to lip support, leveling of occlusal plane, vertical dimension, free-way space and ability to record the centric jaw relationship accurately, shade and mould selection



Ability to assess the trial denture from all aspects mentioned in the registration stage


Insertion of finished dentures

Ability to assess retention, stability, support, appearance of finished dentures, in addition to occlusal adjustment and clinical remount if necessary



Ability to identify patients complaints and try to solve them

Additional Notes


  • Professions tend to be autonomous and self-sufficient which means having a high degree of control of one’s own affairs while having freedom to exercise professional judgment.

  • As it is a trait, which can be easily enhanced, it is thus subject to self-interest and a continuous process of critical evaluation of ethics and procedure.

  • As the students have been part of the university for some considerable time, they would be familiar with general principles about its beliefs on matters such as quality studentship within this environment. We thus expect our students to develop their professionalism even further together with a high morality. Dentistry is a profession based on such ethical codes.

  • Gross violations of these formal codes are governed by University laws, which delineate the procedures to determine whether a violation of the code of ethics occurred and, if so, what remedies should be imposed.

  • This does not mean the list is complete. We encourage students to abide with the more sensitive approach to this by allowing the practice of a high Morality (or proper behavior), which defines right and wrong by the society, philosophy, religion, and individual conscience.

  • Students and their instructors often make ethical choices reflexively/ But ethically sensitive situations, where time, emotions and marks are pressured, it becomes all too easy to be blind-sided by temptation. The best antidote to ethical lapses is to commit in advance to a set of ethical principles - your personal ethical code that follows or grows to it.

  • Any difficulty or concern during the course should be passed directly to the course coordinator.


  • The working models should be marked with the students name and university number

  • Student ID labels are confirmed by assigned lab supervisor

  • The Lab work should be finished during the lab sessions, not allowed to finish your work at home

  • Completed work is handed in the assigned area in the lab

  • Marks are returned within one week of the assignment

  • Undelivered work will not be marked

  • All the instruments you need should be brought as soon as possible

  • You should leave your worktop as clean as possible

  • Each student should set at the designated area.
    Names will be mounted on each bench.

  • Cooperation and professionalism in the lab time are encouraged to facilitate your progress in the course

Makeup Exams

  • Applicable when an acceptable and valid excuse is presented at the appropriate time.

Drop Date

  • N/A


  • Unethical.

  • JUST regulations will be applied

  • The work should be your own, otherwise it will marked zero


  • It is mandatory for all lectures, clinical and laboratory sessions

  • Each student will be assigned a seat

  • Tardiness up to 15 minutes of the start of class/clinic/lab will be allowed.


  • To receive course credit, a student should attend a minimum of 90% of the contact hours of the class; meaning losing only one and a half lecture.

  • Absences from class are counted from the day the class meets officially for the first time – not from when the student officially enters.

  • If absent from lectures, then the course coordinator will refer to related guidelines set by the university

  • Any student who is absent on a test day, will have to demonstrate an acceptable medical or social statement explaining the illness or personal crisis as instructed by their faculty

  • Individual instructors may arrange for a make-up test only when a written request is made to and approved by the appropriate dean.

Students with Special needs

  • Any student who feels that he/she may need accommodation for any type of disability is strongly encouraged to contact the course coordinator who will be happy to help in any way

  • Individual accommodations to the course plan are possible after consulting with the dean.

Graded Exams

  • Multiple choice questions will be computer based
    Written questions may include short essay, definition, enumeration and matching questions

  • Answers will be discussed in the class


  • All students are highly encouraged to actively participate in the class and laboratory sessions

  • Quizzes and brain storming will be an essential part of the course.

Individual conferencing and consultations

  • The course coordinator is always available to talk with the student when problems arise

  • If you have any problems that require the attention of an instructor, do not wait until the problem is insurmountable

  • If a student needs to talk with the course coordinator outside office hours, an appointment can be made

Course changes

  • Information contained in this course outline is correct at the time of publication

  • Content of the courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational, employment needs

  • The course coordinator reserves the right to add or delete material from courses and will endeavour to provide notice of changes to students as soon as possible

  • The timetable may also be revised accommodating to holidays and unexpected holidays

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