A comparison of patient's satisfaction between complete and partial removable denture wearers

Asja Celebić, Dubravka Knezović-Zlatarić
Journal of Dentistry 2003, 31 (7): 445-51

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare satisfaction between complete denture (CD) and Kennedy Class I removable partial denture (RPD) wearers.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 156 CD and 112 RPD wearers took a part in this study. From the primary group of the examined patients, only those whose RPDs and CDs were assessed as excellent or very good by the dentist, took a part in this study. Patients graded satisfaction of their dentures by using an analogue scale from 1 to 5 (1=unsatisfactory; 5=excellent).

RESULTS: Both CD and RPD wearers were mostly satisfied with their dentures (the distribution of the scores of the patients' assessments was skewed towards the highest scores; more than half of the patients scored all the examined variables to the best score category). Complete Denture wearers were significantly more satisfied with chewing, speech and retention of maxillary denture than RPD wearers (P<0.05). Removable partial denture wearers were significantly more satisfied with the retention and the comfort of wearing mandibular denture (P<0.05). There was no significant difference between CD and RPD wearers for general satisfaction with their dentures, aesthetics and comfort of wearing maxillary denture (P>0.05; N.S.).

CONCLUSIONS: A majority of CD and RPD wearers were satisfied with the dentures. CD wearers were more satisfied with speech, chewing and retention of maxillary denture, while RPD wearers were more satisfied with the retention and the comfort of wearing mandibular denture. Different groups of denture wearers have to make significant, but different adjustments to wear their dentures successfully.

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