Prosthetic experience of teaching and learning of fabrication of removable partial denture among the Nigerian Dental Schools.
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AKINBOBOYE B O
University of Lagos Journal of Dental Sciences
Objective: Partial edentulism is as a result of increased risk of caries and other factors with resultant tooth loss,which would require replacement with fixed or removable prosthesis (RPD). RPD is mostly used and its training of fabrication would require student and teachers involvements. The aim of this study is to investigate the methods used toteach removable partial denture prosthodontics to undergraduate dental students in Nigeria dental schools with the purpose of ascertaining efficiency,uniformity and proffering solutions. Materials and Method:This descriptive cross sectional study was carried out in seven (7) Nigerian dental schools across the country from April to June 2018.Structured questionnaires were distributed among teachers,laboratory technologists and 500/600 level students in each of the dental school through hand- delivery and postal system. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were observed in this study. Ethical approval was obtained from Health Research Ethics Committec,Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.The dat obtained from the study were analysed using descriptive statistics with the aid of SPSS (IBM version 20). Results:One hundred and eleven completed questionnaires were returned (55%) from the students out of the two hundred questionnaires distributed. Fifteen laboratory technologists (57.7%) and eleven lecturers (42.3%)responded.About 77% out of all the universities selected responded,(seven out of ten dental schools). The proportion of lecturers and technologists satisfied with their method of teaching and assessment was 53.8%. Conclusion:There was no uniformity in methods of RPD teaching and learning in the various dental schools in Nigeria with reduced clinical work undertaken because of inadequate provision of human and material resources.
Adenuga-Taiwo OA, Akinboboye BO, Awotile AO. Prosthetic experience of teaching and learning of fabrication of removable partial denture among the Nigerian Dental Schools. University of Lagos Journal of Dental Sciences 2019; 3:28 – 33.