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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-87

A simplified classification system for partial edentulism: A theoretical explanation


1 Department of Prosthodontics, Zahedan School of Dentistry, Mashhad, Iran
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Mashhad School of Dentistry, Mashhad, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Leila Ahmadian
Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.34002

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We have introduced a simplified classification system for partial edentulism in this article. This is a numerical system that has six rules: 1) An edentulous area is coded from the right to the left, 2) The code "0" shows the midline, 3) A distal extended area is denoted by the code "1", 4) A tooth-supported edentulism is illustrated by the code "3", 5) The code "4" indicated a tooth-supported edentulism that crossing the midline, 6) The code "5" is used to illustrate distal extended edentulism that crosses the midline. Potential benefits of the system include: 1) Determination of the position of the edentulous area in the arch with respect to the midline, 2) Simplified imagination of the partial edentulous arch, 3) Improved professional communication, 4) Facilitated data transformation from the edentulous arch to the computer.


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