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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 3

Role of prosthodontist in oral health care delivery, dental education and research: Sri Lankan perspective


Date of Web Publication31-Oct-2018

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.244627

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. Role of prosthodontist in oral health care delivery, dental education and research: Sri Lankan perspective. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2018;18, Suppl S1:3

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. Role of prosthodontist in oral health care delivery, dental education and research: Sri Lankan perspective. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Nov 20];18, Suppl S1:3. Available from: http://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2018/18/5/3/244627



Dr I.P Thilakumara

Association of Specialists in Restorative Dentistry Sri Lanka Senior Lecturer, Dept of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Dental sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Being a developing country in the South Asian region, Sri Lankan population of 20 million people enjoys the benefits of free health care delivery and the free education. Advances in health education and health care delivery systems have lead Sri Lanka to gradually shift to an aging population. In contrast to most developed countries, Sri Lanka's demographic transition and population ageing has occurred despite slow economic growth. In this context managing elderly who are going to retain some teeth into their old age will cause specific problems complicated by economic factors which necessitate intervention by the prosthodontist in a different way.

In Sri Lanka, oral cancer is the most prevalent cancer among males. Rehabilitation of patients who have undergone surgery by prosthetic means is also a challenge faced by the prosthodontist. The presentation will highlight how these challenges are addressed in tertiary care centers where cost is going to be a deciding factor. Both the undergraduate and the postgraduate curriculum will have to consider expected challenges in the future and prepare the young generation to address them effectively. Collaborative work and sharing resources in the region is discussed in an attempt to enhance the quality of the academic programs.






 

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