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VOLUME 10 , ISSUE 6 ( November, 2009 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Effect of the Quality of Removable Prostheses on Patient Satisfaction

Riyadh F. Akeel

Citation Information : Akeel RF. Effect of the Quality of Removable Prostheses on Patient Satisfaction. J Contemp Dent Pract 2009; 10 (6):57-64.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-10-6-57

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 00-11-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2009; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

The objective of this study was to evaluate patient satisfaction with removable prostheses and its relationship with denture quality.

Methods and Materials

Sixty-seven patients who received 119 new removable prostheses over a period of one year at the College of Dentistry, King Saud University, were recalled for an interview with regard to their satisfaction with their dentures and a clinical examination. Prosthetic quality was determined using the California Dental Association criteria.

Results

Results showed 75% and 66% of upper and lower dentures, respectively, were reported by patients as satisfactory. Of all the upper prostheses rated as being of acceptable quality, 94% were also reported by patients as satisfactory, but of those of unacceptable quality, only 52% were reported by patients as unsatisfactory. The corresponding figures for lower dentures were 91% and 71%, respectively. No significant associations were found between patient satisfaction and age, or denture experience.

Conclusions

Although acceptable quality of removable prostheses usually resulted in patient satisfaction, the finding that some patients were satisfied with their prostheses despite unacceptable quality suggests other factors besides quality affect outcomes.

Clinical Significance

Patient satisfaction with removable dentures cannot be fully predicted from only the quality standards of those dentures.

Citation

Akeel RF. Effect of the Quality of Removable Prostheses on Patient Satisfaction. J Contemp Dent Pract [Internet]. 2009 Nov; 10(6):057-064. Available from: http://www.thejcdp. com/journal/view/volume10-issue6-akeel.


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