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Prisoners’ Constitutional Right to Dentures: A Review and Analysis  

Author:  Anne S.  Douds J.D. , Ph.D..

Source: Volume 16, Number 03, March/April 2015 , pp.39-41(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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When is a dental need “serious” for purposes of Eighth Amendment scrutiny? Is a condition “serious” if a person has no teeth? Or a failing partial implant? Does a person’s inability to chew crunchy food amount to a serious condition if it interferes in their capacity to obtain adequate nutrition? This issue’s “dental corner” feature examines the scope of the standard of care for correctional dental prostheses.

Keywords: baseline for constitutional adequacy of prophylactic dental care; parameters of “serious need”; inability to chew

Affiliations:  1: Penn State University.

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