KENNEDY’S CLASSIFICATION

  • This is the most accepted classification given by EDWARD KENNEDY.
  • The Kennedy’s classification is based on the relationship of the saddles to the natural teeth.
  • It has four main group with modifications of each of the first three of these:

CLASS-1

Bilateral edentulous area located posterior to the remaining natural teeth.

CLASS-2

Unilateral edentulous area located posterior to the remaining natural teeth.

CLASS-3

Unilateral edentulous area with natural teeth both anterior and posterior to it.

CLASS-4

Single bilateral edentulous area located anterior to the remaining natural teeth.

MERITS

  • Classification is simple and universally accepted.
  • It allows to clearly communicate, to write, or to diagnose the condition of the oral cavity in which teeth are to be replaced.
  • It permits visualization of the type of partially edentulous arches being considered.
  • Type of design can be decided.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Forms basis for Applegate, Kennedy and Swenson classification.
  • Type of support can be determined.

DEMERITS

  • Does not give proper information of teeth present and their positions.
  • Does not mention about abutment teeth.
  • Not applicable to single standing tooth.
  • It tells about spaces but not all teeth to be replaced.

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