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The International Journal of Prosthodontics

Edited by George A. Zarb, BChD, DDS, MS, MS, FRCD(C)

ISSN 0893-2174

September/October 2001
Volume 14 , Issue 5

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Treatment Outcomes with Removable Partial Dentures: A Comparison Between Patient and Prosthodontist Assessments

Dubravka Knezovicí Zlataricí , DDS, MSD, Asja C°elebicí , DDS, MSD, PhD

Pages: 423-426
PMID: 12066636

Purpose: This article presents the results from a survey of patientsí degree of satisfaction with their removable partial dentures (RPD) and the comparison between patient and prosthodontist assessments. Materials and Methods: A total of 165 experienced RPD wearers filled in a questionnaire and graded their RPDs depending on their level of satisfaction. A scale ranging from 1 to 5 was used to assess general satisfaction with RPDs and to assess their esthetics, retention, and hygiene. A specialist in prosthodontics assessed the same prostheses using the same scale, not knowing the patientís opinion. Results: The patientsí assessments were high, and more than half of them graded their dentures as excellent. On average, all variables were assessed higher by the patients than by the prosthodontist ( P< .001). For the patients who gave the worst grades to their dentures, the grades were lower than the prosthodontistís ( P< .001), while the satisfied patients graded their dentures much better than did the prosthodontist ( P< .001). Conclusion: On average, patient assessment of the treatment outcomes with RPDs was less critical than prosthodontist assessment. However, the few dissatisfied patients assessed their dentures worse than did the prosthodontist.

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