FRIDAY 22nd NOVEMBER – 13.00-14.30

SPEAKER: Dr. Lo Russo

Edentulism is a widespread condition; it has a global distribution, with variable prevalences in different areas of the world and in relation to socio-economic, demographic, lifestyles and health conditions. It remains a significant public health problem, destined to increase in parallel with the increase in life expectancy and the ageing of populations. Edentulism in itself and its consequences affect both oral and systemic health, and severely compromise quality of life. The importance of oral health as a determining condition for the quality of life of an ageing population has long been highlighted by the World Health Organization in its strategic framework for the so-called “active ageing”, i.e. the possibility for the elderly population to remain healthy and fully enjoying well-being through active  participation in social life. Therefore, maintaining and/or restoring oral health, including the rehabilitation of edentulism, remains a significant goal for the individual and for the entire community.

For various reasons and in different conditions, the removable prosthesis is an effective therapeutic option for edentulism. The digital technologies applied to the removable prosthesis, according to the current, albeit preliminary, evidence offer a concrete tool to provide effective and sustainable rehabilitations, whose characteristics also seem to favor the maintenance of the functional result and the prevention of some complications. In fact, the oral ecosystem, the modifications of the oral tissues as well as those of the materials require a correct management of the removable prosthetic devices in order to preserve their effectiveness and prevent associated pathological oral conditions that can reduce the quality of life or sometimes be dangerous. This correct management requires clear and detailed information and instructions, a daily commitment and the use of adequate products by the patient, as well as periodic monitoring with the Dentist.