Patient Satisfaction with Upper and Lower Complete Dentures: A Service Evaluation Report

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10.1922/EJPRD_2416Bhutta13
Authors
  • Hadeer E. Bhutta
  • Keyvan Moharamzadeh
  • Rachel Martin
  • Nicolas Martin

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this questionnaire-based service evaluation was to assess patient satisfaction with complete dentures provided in a dental teaching hospital. Methods: Patients completed the self-administered questionnaire before, immediately after, and 2-months following provision of new complete dentures. The questionnaire consisted of the following sections: Patient characteristics, current denture history and satisfaction with the fit of upper/lower complete dentures, chewing ability, speech, and aesthetics. Descriptive analysis, chi-square test, student t-test, and 2-way-ANOVA were performed on satisfaction levels pre-and post-treatment to assess denture fit, chewing ability, speech, and appearance. Age and gender-wise satisfaction levels along with
correlations and associations between patient satisfaction levels and various factors were assessed. Results: 147 participants, including 91 males (61.9%) and 56 females (38.1%) completed the study. A statistically significant improvement in satisfaction scores was seen post-treatment in all domains (p<0.05), with most respondents showing great satisfaction. Overall, satisfaction levels were: Upper complete denture fit (82%), appearance (87%), speech (67%), chewing ability and lower complete denture fit (39%). A strong positive correlation was observed between the number of previous dentures used and patient satisfaction with upper denture fit (R=1). Conclusion: Denture replacement positively impacts the satisfaction of patients and improves complete denture acceptance.
Keywords
Edentulism
Complete Dentures
Patient Satisfaction
Correlating Factors