Mohamed Khaled Ahmed Azzam
King Abdulaziz Medical City
Dr Azzam graduated from Cairo University in 1976 followed by a training program from Minnesota Dental School-Minnesota-USA in Surgery in 1982. He finished his Master’s degree-M.D.Sc in 1984 in Removable Prosthodontics from Cairo University in 1984 and then completed one year fellowship in Removable Prosthodontics in Tufts dental School, Boston –Massachusetts –USA 1989-1990. He finished his PhD –D.D.Sc in Removable Prosthodontics 1993 after which was teaching in King Abdulaziz Dental School in Saudi Arabia for ten years as an Assistant Professor in Removable Prosthodontics. Currently he is the Removable Prosthodontic Consultant in King Abdulaziz Medical City – National Guard Hospital – WR, Saudi Arabia He presented over 100 National and International lectures all over the world and in 2009 was awarded Best Oral presentation in 31st Asia Pacific Dental Congress.
Complete dentures, a non biological appliance, were and are still used to replace missing teeth and surrounding structures. Its main objectives are Esthetics, Speech, Function and Psychological state improvement. Dentists must realize that, just as dentate patients vary in their dental treatment complexity; edentulous patients also vary in the difficulty of their treatment plan. There are two main problems facing the removable Prosthodontist being: Denture construction which however its fabrication is at the highest standards still is an unpleasant experience to all patients in the beginning and improves by time. This varies from one to several years according to the patient’s attitude, age, gender, socio-economical level and culture. The second problem being the patient him/herself. “We must meet the mind of the patient before the mouth.” Said by M.M.Devan. Problems of edentulous patients are both physical and psychological. Good interview, communication and note how patients present themselves for the concerns of their appearance, overall attitude and expectations concerning treatment is very important. In conclusion to successfully treat edentulous patients a great deal of information is required to complete a proper diagnosis, including patient mental attitude, past and present medical and dental conditions, and extra and intra-oral examinations. In addition to the clinical experience and skill of the whole dental team.