RESEARCH ARTICLE


Patient’s Satisfaction with Removable Partial Dentures: A Retrospective Case Series



Kujtim Sh. Shala*, Linda J. Dula, Teuta Pustina-Krasniqi, Teuta Bicaj, Enis F. Ahmedi, Zana Lila-Krasniqi, Arlinda Tmava-Dragusha
Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, School of Dentistry, Prishtina, Kosovo


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, School of Dentistry, Prishtina, Kosovo, Prishtina, Albania; Tel: +37744126354; Fax: +38138512474; E-mails: kujtim.shala@uni-pr.edu, drlindadula@gmail.com


Abstract

Material and Methods:

A total of 63 patients with RPDs, participated in this study. The following data was collected: Kennedy classification, denture design, denture support, satisfaction and success of RPD.

Result:

The results showed that 73.6% of patients were wearing RPD for the first time and were finally satisfied. According to the denture support of RPDs, clasp-retained quadrangular RPDs were 100% effective, followed by triangular dental support 81% and linear dental support 47.7%.

Comparison of RPDs with attachment with RPDs with claps assessed through Fisher exact test, confirmed statistically significant difference (P=0.008), despite retention; however, chewing ability and aesthetics showed no statistically significant difference with X 2 test on patient’s satisfaction with RPD with or without attachment.

Conclusion:

Patients often would prefer not showing the anterior buccal clasps of RPD, therefore are generally satisfied more with RPD with attachment based on level of retention, chewing ability and aesthetics.

Keywords: Removable partial denture, Retention, Chewing ability, Aesthetics, Buccal clasps.