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J Can Dent Assoc. 1998 Mar;64(3):205-8, 210-2.

Patient satisfaction with dentures made by dentists and denturologists.

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Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University.

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  • J Can Dent Assoc 1998 May;64(5):346.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Within Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, patients requiring removable prostheses consult either dentists or denturologists. In this article, we describe the socioeconomic characteristics of 410 edentulous individuals seeking replacement of their dentures, and compare the levels of satisfaction experienced by the patient groups provided with conventional dentures by dentists and by denturologists.

METHODS:

All subjects responded to announcements seeking participants in a clinical trial. The announcements indicated that all participants would receive new prostheses. Data were collected via telephone interviews. Sociodemographic variables included sex, age, education level and family income. Subjects were asked to evaluate their present maxillary and mandibular prostheses for general satisfaction, stability, comfort, ability to chew, ability to clean and appearance. Age, cost and the provider (dentist or denturologist) of the original prostheses were also recorded, and responses were then compared between the groups of subjects treated by dentists (N = 91) and denturologists (N = 319).

RESULTS:

There were no significant differences in the sociodemographic characteristics of the two groups, except for a small difference in mean age (two years). Both groups had paid approximately the same amount for their complete prostheses. As expected, most individuals were satisfied with their maxillary prostheses, but dissatisfied with their mandibular prostheses. Significantly more subjects in the denturologist treatment group than the dentist treatment group gave their mandibular prostheses a poor rating for general satisfaction (p = 0.003), comfort (p = 0.04) and stability (p = 0.016).

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest that the edentulous patients treated by dentists and denturologists share similar sociodemographic characteristics, and pay a similar cost for treatment. However, those treated by denturologists seem to be more dissatisfied with their mandibular prostheses than those treated by dentists.

PMID:
9558815
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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