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Dr Amritha Prasad
Dr A V Sreekumar
Dr Nishna Pradeep
Dr Nikhita Narayanan
Dr Naveen Edavan Puliya Cheriyath
Dr Ananjana Balakrishnan


Awareness, Edentulousness, Missing teeth, prosthetic rehabilitation


Aims: To evaluate the knowledge, awareness & attitude among the patients visiting a dental college in replacing their missing teeth.

Settings and Design: The study was conducted over a period of 3 months at department of Prosthodontics, Kerala.

Methods and Material: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to know the patient’s awareness and preference for the treatment options. A list of the closed-ended questionnaire was used to record the patient’s response about being edentulous.

Statistical analysis used: The collected data were statistically analysed. SPSS, Version 2.1, statistical software was used. The descriptive statistics were done using frequency and percentage. Bar graphs and tabular columns were used wherever applicable

Results: The need to replace the missing teeth for function such as mastication of food was 52.8% and 34.1% of the patients wanted to replace their missing teeth for improving their appearance. The most preferred method of the replacement is fixed partial denture (FPD) as it was cost-effective and affordable for them. 16.8% of the patients wanted an implant as a treatment option as it did not involve the adjacent teeth.

Conclusions: The awareness and knowledge about the treatment options among the patients visiting the dental college have increased, but still, the awareness about the consequences of being edentulous for a long time should be improved through social media and online platforms by the practitioners.

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