Partially Dentate Patients Project

Rates of natural tooth retention are increasing globally: rather than losing all their teeth as they age, patients are increasingly greeting old age with at least a few of their natural teeth still intact.

This has led to a significant increase in the number of partially dentate patients. Even partial tooth loss can affect every aspect of life, from limiting the foods we can enjoy to undermining our self-confidence and affecting our relationships with others. This relatively new patient group requires a tailored, comprehensive approach to treatment and care.

Effectively managing partially dentate patients

The Partially Dentate Patients (PDP) Project was launched in 2018. Caring for a partially dentate patient is a long-term process that includes three main pillars: a pre-treatment/assessment phase, a treatment phase, and a post-treatment/long-term care phase. The PDP Project encourages dentists to place equal importance on each of these three phases and to organize their treatment and care plan along this continuum.

Project goals

Empower dental practitioners to understand and support the specific needs of the patient

Improve outcomes for partially dentate patients by providing practitioners and other stakeholders with the appropriate tools

Increase global awareness about the specific needs and treatment options of partially dentate patients


The Partially Dentate Patients Project is supported by GSK.

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