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Background: Immediate denture is a treatment modality which has many advantages compared to the conventional dentures as well as the implant dentures. But due to unknown reasons this treatment protocol is vanishing from every day dental practice. Aim and Objectives: The purpose of this survey was to understand the awareness and attitude of the patients towards immediate dentures among the local population of Western Maharashtra. Material and Methods: Part 1: Questionnaire survey was conducted involving the Prosthodontists in and around Karad and Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India to know their responses and attitude towards immediate denture treatment protocol. Part 2: Questionnaire survey was conducted among the patients attending the OPD of the Department of Prosthodontics, School Of Dental Sciences to assess the patients’ awareness and attitude of the patients towards this treatment modality. All the data collected was statisticallyanalysed using Rates Ratio and Chi Square and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Conclusion: The results of this surveyindicate that the patients were more than willing for immediate dentures if they are well educated and motivated. This survey also concludes that the dental undergraduate students need to be encouraged more and trained in the speciality field, so that the patients who belong to lower strata of economy can benefitted.
Rosane Cavalcante Fragoso, Brasil
Chief Scientific Officer and Head of a Research Group
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