alexa Prosthetic treatment need in a representative German sample.



Author(s): Walter MH, Wolf BH, Rieger C, Boening KW

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Regarding declining resources epidemiological data on needs for oral rehabilitation are required. Within the framework of an oral health survey a non-stratified two-stage random sample was taken to represent the over 14-year-old population of Saxony/Germany. The participation rate was 55%. Normative need was determined by dental assessment and guidelines developed in a consensus process, subjective prosthetic treatment need by self-complete questionnaire. About 97% of the realized sample could be planned within the guidelines. About 81% had normative prosthetic treatment need. Compared with the rate of normative need the rate of subjective need (13%) was considerably lower (chi(2) P < 0;01). Different predictive parameters of subjective need were identified by logistic regression. Besides other factors subjective need was associated with giving dentist's recommendation as significant reason for prosthetic restorations [odds ratio (OR)=5;43], not believing that the own teeth were all right (OR=0;17), and the existence of prosthetic restorations (OR=3;87 for fixed restorations; OR=4;05 for removable dentures). The guidelines proved their suitability to assess normative prosthetic treatment need in oral health surveys. Further research is necessary to find adequate options for including patients' preferences in an adequate need definition.

This article was published in J Oral Rehabil. and referenced in Dentistry

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