Institute of Stomatology, Riga Stradins University


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About Clinic of Prosthetic Dentistry

Development of the fields of prosthetic dentistry and orthodontics should be jointly viewed from the historical perspective, as these fields of dental medicine share the same founders- Ādams Ērleins and Dominiks Kalvelis. Besides, scientific aspirations in both fields overlap. Both the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and the Department of orthodontics were established in 1998 upon the division of the Department of orthopaedic Stomatology.

Professor Gunārs Pakalns had been the head of the Department of Orthopaedic Stomatology from 1974 till 1994. In 1970 he obtained PhD degree in medicine. The topic of his doctoral dissertation is "The morphology of marginal parodont and its changes in prosthetic stomatology". Whereas, Lūcija Treimane, who had been working at the department from 1956 till 1995, has approbated and improved methods of edentulous jaw prosthetics, developed methodological materials on rational, functional and non-traumatic modelling of occlusion contact, at late 1960s she started manufacturing porcelain crowns. In 1979 L.Treimane developed methodological instructions "Clinic of porcelain crown manufacturing".

Pēteris Apse had graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Toronto, in 1992 he left Canada for Latvia. P.Apse had been the head of the department from 1994 till 1999. His research interests are clinical efficiency of osseointegrated implants in the treatment of partially edentulous and edentulous patients, examination of ceramic hardness, analysis on periimplantitis related mucosal reaction to implanted materials.

During post-war period punched steel dental crowns and tooth bridges with massive cast interparts and plastic removable dentures were used. In 1960s Dr Osvalds Cēbers introduced cast metal removable dentures, and his innovative ideas contributed to the promotion of the development of prosthetic technology and methods. The introduction of chrome-cobalt alloy was a significant technological advancement as it contributed to the improvement of the precision of the casting process of denture carcass. Associated professor A.Vidžis continue to work in this field. In the late 1980s manufacturing of metal-ceramic crowns was approbated, and professor L.Treimane actively contributed to the development of this field of prosthetics.

Una Soboļeva, head of the clinic, claims that "the main goal of the clinic is the replacement of lost teeth by using removable and fixed denture constructions manufactured at the dental technical laboratory. These constructions may also be placed on implants fixed in alveolar bone. The clinic offers wide spectrum of prosthetic services ranging from the restoration of a separate tooth till complex occlusal restoration. Replacing the lost teeth with removable or fixed dentures may lead to improvement of chewing function, dental aesthetics and patient's mood."

The clinic offers a wide spectrum of up-to-date aesthetic and functional technologies- restoration of natural crowns of fully or partially lost teeth, teeth replacement with fixed and removable dentures, dental prosthetics in case of total loss of teeth, manufacturing of dental crowns and dentures fixed on implants, cosmetic dental restoration with porcelain veneers, partial dental restoration with porcelain onlays (fillings).

Associate professor Una Soboļeva, head of the clinic, graduated from Medical Academy of Latvia in 1991. Whereas, in 1993 she became doctoral student at the Department of Orthopaedic Stomatology. In 1997 U.Soboļeva obtained Master of Science degree at the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Stomatognatic Physiology, University of Oslo, and doctoral degree in medicine at the Medical Academy of Latvia. Topics of her scientific research are registration methods of lower jaw movements and complex of temporomandibular disorders.