Awareness of Hygiene Practices and Satisfaction Level among Patients Wearing Fixed Dental Prosthesis: A Cross-Sectional Survey ZC18-ZC21
Dr. Sushma Ramaswamy,
SDS, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, Maharashtra, India.
Introduction: Fixed Partial Denture (FPD) is a very common treatment modality of prosthodontic rehabilitation. Although it restores the aesthetics and function, the maintenance of the same is of equal importance for it to function on a long term basis.
Aim: To assess the awareness of hygiene practices and satisfaction level among the patients rehabilitated with fixed dental prosthesis in suburban region of Karad, Maharashtra.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional clinical survey to assess the awareness of hygiene practice and satisfaction level of patients wearing FPD/crown was conducted among the patients visiting the at Outpatient Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dental Sciences, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences â€śDeemed To Be Universityâ€ť, Karad, Maharashtra.
Results: In this study 230 participants with FPD/crown were examined among which female participants contributed about 53% of the total participants and males up to 47%. 51.74% of the participants had a habit of brushing their teeth only once in a day and only 13.48% of them flossed their teeth. About 50% of the patients had problems either with food lodgement, aesthetics or pain post cementation. A total of 33.91% patients complained about the food lodgement in the region of the prosthesis. It was also evident through the survey that 60% of the patients were educated well by their dentists regarding maintenance protocols of the prosthesis.
Conclusion: Within the limitations of the study, it can be concluded that the prosthesis dislodgement and food lodgement were the most common complaints of the patients regarding fixed partial denture prosthesis. It is the responsibility of the dentist as well the patients to work together to improve the long term prognosis of the prosthesis.