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Categorical analysis of factors affecting needs and demands for removable dentures among Alexandria Dental Research Center clientele.
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PMID:  17219876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An accurate assessment of dental needs is important to public health planners. With this information, it is possible to assess future treatment needs and demands for services including those for removable dentures. The present work aimed to estimate the magnitude and types of needs, and demands for partial or complete removable dentures, to study some factors that may affect the identified needs and demands for removable dentures, in addition to studying the factors that may affect satisfaction with the dentures. The present study was conducted in "Alexandria Dental Research Center". Data were collected by means of interview questionnaire, followed by dental examination of all patients attending the center for the sake of removable dental restorations for a period of 6 months. A further follow up over a period of three months was undertaken to the 330 cases recorded. About one third of the cases demanded partial and/or complete dentures and were above 60 years old. The first purpose for construction of new dentures was mastication, followed by cosmetics. Only one quarter of cases decided to have delayed immediate dentures. Diabetics and those having chronic diseases showed more demand for complete dentures. The most discriminating variable between the demand for different dentures was the missing in the lower anterior teeth followed by missing in the upper both anterior and posterior and then missing in the upper anterior teeth. Satisfaction score increased with advance of age, among males, among those for complete dentures, and those who had had previous dentures. Stepwise logistic regression revealed that the best predictor for overall satisfaction was the history of having previous dentures. Results of the present study, suggest that early screening and treatment of diabetic patients, gathering detailed information by means of a questionnaire before new dentures fabrication may be an important tool for the dentist in predicting and consequently enhancing patient satisfaction with the dentures. Health education should stress on the value of restoring missing teeth and all available options around this.
W M Zeid; M H Mohamed; N H Mahdy; S M El-Tabakh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0013-2446     ISO Abbreviation:  J Egypt Public Health Assoc     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-15     Completed Date:  2007-02-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505602     Medline TA:  J Egypt Public Health Assoc     Country:  Egypt    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  371-405     Citation Subset:  IM    
Alexandria Dental Research Center.
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MeSH Terms
Academies and Institutes
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dental Facilities
Dental Health Surveys
Dentures* / psychology
Discriminant Analysis
Egypt / epidemiology
Follow-Up Studies
Health Education, Dental
Linear Models
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Mouth, Edentulous / epidemiology,  psychology*,  rehabilitation
Needs Assessment / organization & administration*
Urban Health / statistics & numerical data*

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