Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P'Col-00005021
Title: Knowledge, awareness, and attitudes of patients toward replacement of missing teeth
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Smile is a window into one’s personality and plays a significant part in the maintenance of a healthy personality and an affirmative self-image. Tooth loss is psychologically a very traumatizing and upsetting experience and is considered to be a serious event in the life of a person, requiring significant psychological readjustments. Patients may suffer real and perceived detrimental effects following the loss of one or more teeth which substantially reduce the quality of life, affecting the patient emotionally, socially, physically, and psychologically. Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the knowledge, awareness, and attitude of the patient’s toward the replacement of missing teeth. Methodology: The study was conducted using a questionnaire. It was evaluated by 100 patients of both genders. The questionnaire included questions of demographic data, questions to assess facial and dental esthetics, dental satisfaction, and treatments considering patients notion to improve dental esthetics. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results: Patients with at least one missing tooth (excluding the third molars) were included in the study. The study was conducted using a questionnaire. The majority of the patients (36%) did not have previous experience of any sort of prosthesis. Although most of the patients preferred to have fixed partial denture (40%), some of them responded that they would be comfortable with a removable partial denture (24%). The low felt need was the most common reason among this study group for the delay in seeking a dental replacement, while 5% patients were in the post-extraction healing period. Dentists were found to be the most important driving force for patient awareness regarding the replacement of teeth. The majority of the patients agreed that dental visits should be regular. Some patients (25%) did not appreciate the importance of restoring teeth, while 62.5% of the patients had the perception that artificial teeth were not equivalent to natural teeth. Conclusion: To enlighten the negative effects of missing teeth on oral health, the importance of different types of media cannot be overlooked. It is therefore recommended that communication program be strengthened at district and local levels to stimulate the development of awareness toward the indications and contraindications of the options available for replacement of missing teeth, which can satisfy esthetic and functional needs along with improving the perception of patients regarding their dentition.

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    Priyanka Shenoy, Dhanraj Ganapathy*

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    Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dhanraj Ganapathy, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Author:

    Priyanka Shenoy, Dhanraj Ganapathy*

    Title:Knowledge, awareness, and attitudes of patients toward replacement of missing teeth
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):14 (May)
    Year:2020
    Page No: (673-676)
  • Experimental Methods Keywords

    Methodology:Attitudes, Knowledge, Missing teeth, Replacement, Trends
    Research Materials:teeth

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Attitudes Knowledge Missing teeth Replacement Trends

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