Patients with multidisciplinary problems are priority groups (e.g. hypodontia, cleft, head and neck oncology, trauma).
Patients with failing crowns and bridges are seen for treatment planning but not normally accepted for treatment unless required for training: patients requiring dismantling /removal of restorations and determination of restorability of individual teeth are normally returned to the referring practitioner with advice.
For removable prosthodontics cases, only those patients with particularly difficult anatomy will be considered for treatment (e.g. due to congenital defects or acquired defects secondary to surgery, trauma or severe resorption). For all referrals:
- The patient should be a regular attender and well motivated with no active caries or periodontal disease (unless advice is sought on strategic value and treatment planning)
- The referral must contain details of any previous attempts to make dentures and issues that may have arisen. Where an attempt has not been made to construct a prosthesis, patients will be routinely returned to the referring practitioner
- Where problems are due to technical errors in the prosthesis, the patient will be returned to the referring practitioner with advice for correction
- Patients with complicating factors are usually returned to the referring practitioner with advice (e.g. guidance on specific impression techniques)