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Comparative Analysis of Rationale used by Dentists and Patient for Final Esthetic Outcome of Dental Treatment

Manmohan Choudary Gujjarlapudi, S Varalakshmi Reddy, Praveen Kumar Madineni, A Sudheer, B Sreedevi, Patelu Sunil Kumar Reddy

Citation Information : Gujjarlapudi MC, Reddy SV, Madineni PK, Sudheer A, Sreedevi B, Reddy PS. Comparative Analysis of Rationale used by Dentists and Patient for Final Esthetic Outcome of Dental Treatment. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013; 14 (3):532-535.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-1357

Published Online: 01-10-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2013; The Author(s).



To compare and evaluate the perceptions of esthetics among dentists and patients regarding the final esthetic outcome of a dental treatment.


Esthetics is a matter of perception and is associated with the way different people look at an object. What constitutes esthetic for a particular person may not be acceptable for another. Hence it is subjective in nature. This becomes more obvious during the post-treatment evaluation of esthetics by dentist and the concerned patient. Opinion seldom matches. Hence, the study is a necessary part of the process of understanding the mind of dentist and patient regarding what constitutes esthetics.


A survey has been conducted by means of a questionnaire consisting of 10 questions, on two groups of people. First group consists of 100 dentists picked at random in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. Second group consisted of 100 patients who required complete denture prosthesis. The second group was divided into two subgroups A and B. Subgroup A consisting of 50 men and subgroup B consisting of 50 women. In each subgroup 25 patients were selected in age group of 40 to 50 and 25 patients were selected in the age group of 50 to 60. The questionnaire was given to both the groups and asked to fill up, which was then statistically analyzed to look for patterns of thought process among them.


Results were subjected to statistical analysis by Student's t-test.


Perceptions of esthetics differs from dentist who is educated regarding esthetic principles of treatment and a patient who is not subjected to such education. Since, the questions were formulated such that patients could better understand the underlying problem, the final outcome of survey is a proof that dentists need to take into account what the patient regards as esthetics in order to provide a satisfactory treatment.

Clinical and academic significance

The current study helps the dentist to better educate the patient regarding esthetics so that patient appreciates the final scientifically based esthetic outcome of treatment. It also helps the dental students to understand the underlying patient's thought process regarding esthetics.

How to cite this article

Reddy SV, Madineni PK, Sudheer A, Gujjarlapudi MC, Sreedevi B, Reddy PSK. Comparative Analysis of Rationale used by Dentists and Patient for Final Esthetic Outcome of Dental Treatment. J Contemp Dent Pract 2013;14(3):532-535.

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