Comprehensive evaluation of outlook towards complete denture adhesives amongst general dental practitioners in northern Indian region; an original research study
Bavneet Kaur, Kulbir Singh, Farha Naz
Aim: The sole endeavor of this paper was to assess the approaches and outlooks of general dentists regarding denture adhesives.
Materials and Methods: A total of 50 general dental practitioners were evaluated in the city. The general dental practitioners were selected in the age range of 40-75 years. The intended methodologies were explained in detail to all general dental practitioners prior to the real implementation of the study. All interested general dental practitioners were included in the study. We have also attempted to explore the type and physical form of denture adhesive which is frequently used or advised by studied general dental practitioners. Preformed questionnaire were given to the willing dentists and asked for responses. It contained 7 items related to denture adhesive.
Statistical Analysis and Results: Fundamental statistical analysis was completed using SPSS statistical package for the Social Sciences version 21 for Windows. 89% dentists agree that they use powder type of denture adhesive for clinical sessions of denture fabrication. 86% dentists agree that they prescribe the denture adhesives to your patients when indicated. 52% dentists think that the use of dentures with incompletely removed old denture adhesives affect tissue health. 91% dentists think that prescribing denture adhesive indicates inadequate skills of the clinician to fabricate dentures. Also, powder form of denture adhesives is being used frequently by the studied dentists; unfortunately they did not have usage of Cream form for the same material.
Conclusion: It must be emphasized that denture adhesives can be considered as a beneficial adjunct to improve fit, comfort, and function of dentures, and psychological security of patients. Here in this study, the participating practitioners showed fair and positive outlook towards complete denture adhesives. However, the difference in the understanding and experience of the denture adhesives between general and specialized dental practitioners needs to be sought.