Ultaire AKP: Offer Patients Greater Choice

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Solvay Dental 360’s Philip Silver says Ultaire AKP means: “More options = More solutions = Happier outcomes

Missing teeth not only cause functional difficulties such as eating, speaking and smiling but also create negative perceptions [1], which can strongly affect the daily life of an individual. The way in which a person is perceived by others can have a significant affect on confidence and self-esteem and if a patient is embarrassed by their dental appearance, it can cause difficulties with communication and interaction and in some circumstances, lead to isolation, sadness, loneliness and depression [2].

Consequently, when discussing tooth replacement it is important to recognise that the physical function of the teeth is likely to be of secondary importance to many patients, while their appearance and eliminating the social stigma relating to missing teeth usually takes precedence [3].

In many cases, dental practitioners may prefer to recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth as they have high survival rates [4] and also, because they can help to preserve the structure of the face by preventing bone loss. Nevertheless, implant surgery is not suitable in every situation, sometimes due to the patient’s medical history or reluctance to undergo complex surgery but also, because the cost of this type of treatment can be a considerable issue [5]. Clinicians sometimes need to look at less expensive but equally efficient options to restore both function and dental appearance.

A bridge, fixed to adjacent teeth may be a suitable option for patients with one or perhaps two missing teeth. However, when the gap is larger or if more teeth need to be replaced, a removable partial denture (RPD) is a more stable option. RPDs are a non-invasive and reversible treatment option and present a more acceptable cost to the patient.

A well-made, comfortable RPD will not only improve dental appearance and oral function, but also has the potential to enhance self-esteem and psychological wellbeing. Yet, it is important to carefully consider the most suitable framework material for RPDs – it has been said that this can impact patient satisfaction and acceptance.

A study conducted in 2017 indicates that metallic RPDs are associated with the highest satisfaction levels followed by acrylic resin, while flexible, nylon-based materials were associated with the lowest level of satisfaction [6]. Conversely though, practitioners have steered away from metal in the mouth over recent years to reduce problems associated with allergy, sensitivity, and unpleasant tastes.

Some patients have also mentioned that certain materials can feel alien in the mouth, are either too heavy or rigid, or too flimsy, and they note that visible bars or hooks around the teeth look unsightly. It would appear that for most patients, a thin, lightweight, biocompatible RPD frame with clasps that cannot be seen by the wearer or others is the most favourable option.

For this reason, Solvay Dental 360™ has developed an alternative material, specifically for the fabrication of RPDs. Designed to bridge the gap between metal and flexible materials, Ultaire™ AKP is a high performance, metal-free option that is strong and highly retentive, yet lightweight and flexible enough to achieve a stable, superior fit. Ultaire AKP is friendly in the oral environment, is taste free, and feels smooth and natural. These RPDs are also secured with discreet ‘snap in’ clasps for superior aesthetic results.

Replacing missing teeth is about satisfying the functional, aesthetic and psychological needs of each individual patient. The more options there are to offer, the greater the chance to offer people the restoration solution that makes them smile with confidence.

For more information about Solvay Dental 360, Ultaire AKP and Dentivera milling discs, visit www.solvaydental360.com 

References:

1] Sietze P. Oosterhaven et al. Perception and significance of dental appearance: the case of missing teeth. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 17: 123-126. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/j.1600-0528.1989.tb00004.x [Accessed 4th June 2018]

2] Suely Maria Rodrigues et al. Implications of Edentulism on Quality of Life among Elderly. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(1), 100-109; http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/9/1/100/htm [Accessed 4th June 2018]

3] Graham R et al. Determining 'need' for a Removable Partial Denture: a qualitative study of factors that influence dentist provision and patient use. British Dental Journal 200, 155 - 158 (2006) http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v200/n3/full/4813193a.html#B5 [Accessed 4th June 2018]

4] V. Moraschini et al. Evaluation of survival and success rates of dental implants reported in longitudinal studies with a follow-up period of at least 10 years: a systematic review. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. March 2015.44 (3) 377-388

5] Research by The Implantium Network. Not a lot to smile about – 109 million missing teeth for Brits. 16th Jun 2010. Click HERE [Accessed 4th June 2018]

6] Mohsen K et al. Removable partial dentures: patient satisfaction and complaints in Makkah City, KSA. Journal of Taibah University Studies. 2017. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1658361217300495 [Accessed 4th June 2018]