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Volume 24 , Issue 4
July/August 2011

Pages 303–305

Preliminary Clinical Report of Satisfaction with Prosthodontic Rehabilitation of Intellectually Disabled Young Adults Provided by Parents or Caregivers

Ivan Kovacic, DDS, PhD/Jozo Badrov, DDS/Neven Vidovic, DDS/Asja Celebic, DDS, PhD

PMID: 21716966

The aim of this research was to analyze satisfaction with prosthodontic rehabilitation of intellectually disabled (ID) patients provided by their parents/caregivers. A total of 12 ID patients received fixed dentures (FDs) and 10 patients received removable dentures (RDs). Parents/caregivers answered a questionnaire related to prosthodontic rehabilitation (1 = unsatisfactory, 5 = excellent). Parents/caregivers were mostly satisfied with their childrens’ oral rehabilitation (results were skewed toward the highest scores). There was a significant improvement in masticatory function and a reduction of avoiding certain foods after both FD and RD therapy. RD therapy significantly improved ID patients’ social lives. However, FD therapy increased problems with oral hygiene maintenance. Prosthodontic rehabilitation improves oral function of ID patients. Int J Prosthodont 2011;24:303–305.

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