Improved perceived general health is observed with prosthodontic treatment

D. R. Reissmann, O. Schierz, A. G. Szentpétery, Mike T John

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Abstract

Objectives: Prosthodontic treatment affects not only oral health, but also general health. However, whether prosthodontic patients actually perceive a change in their general health has not been well studied. This study aims to compare self-reported general-health status in patients before and after prosthodontic treatment. Methods: Self-reported general-health status was measured using a single-item questionnaire in a consecutive sample of 500 prosthodontic patients. Responses were recorded using a five-point scale ranging from "poor" to "excellent." Results: After treatment, patients' self-reported general-health status was slightly but statistically significantly improved. Perceived general health improved in 2.3% of patients treated with fixed partial dentures, in 11.3% of patients treated with removable partial dentures, and in 4.1% of patients treated with complete dentures. Changes in self-reported general-health status were not related to age or gender. Conclusion: Prosthodontic treatment appears to have a positive effect on perceived general health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)326-331
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Dentistry
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

Keywords

  • Complete dentures
  • Fixed partial dentures
  • Prosthodontic treatment
  • Removable partial dentures
  • Self-reported general-health status

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