The main objective of the course is to present to the student the theoretical framework and the overall management of older adult who needs dental care. Particular emphasis is given to the options of the treatment plan;that are dependent on the aged biological background and the life-time oral environmetal experience. Thus the student can design and execute the most appropriate and realistic treatment plan. At the end of the course the student can transfer the theoretical background to the clinical practice and consequently develop his/her skills and critical thinking for the benefit of the elderly in an interdisciplinary and interactive environment.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to Geriatric Prosthodontics. Profile of the older adult
Management of older adults. Assessment of biological changes
Orofacial ageing I. Biological changes
Orofacial ageing II. Physiology vs pathology
Management of extensive tooth loss in the elderly
Complete dentures in the elderly
The relevance of existing dentures.
Complete denture reline
The concept of neutral zone
Dental care for the elderly suffering from age related diseases.