REVIEW – November 2003

Prosthodontic need and demand in Estonia


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The prosthodontic need and demand were calculated and analysed using an available

official database, incl. population and healthcare statistics, the epidemiology of

edentulism, and health behaviour and condition research. It was concluded that,

quantitatively, the demand for removable dental protheses meets the calculated need.

However, qualitatively, the ratio of acrylic partial dentures to metal frame partials is

unnaturally high (4:1). It is also obvious that there is a shortage of fixed protheses and

crowns as well as fixed partials.