Oral rehabilitation for partially dentate elders: a qualitative analysis

Sarah Meaney, P Finbarr Allen, Gerald McKenna

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Abstract

Aims: This study aimed to gain insight into patient’s perceptions of natural tooth loss and explored their experiences of oral rehabilitation according to a functionally orientated approach (SDA) and Removable Partial Dentures (RPD).
Study Design: For this qualitative study, a purposive sample of 15 partially dentate older patients
were recruited from Cork Dental School and Hospital. These patients had previously participated in a randomised controlled clinical trial (RCT) where they were provided with either SDA treatment using adhesive bridgework or provided with Cobalt Chromium framework RPDs. In- depth interviews were undertaken and thematic analysis was utilised to interpret the data.
Results: The findings of this study indicated strong satisfaction with SDA treatment. Patients referred to the ease in which they adapted to the adhesive prostheses as they were “lightweight”, “neat” and “fixed”. Irrespective of treatment option, patients indicated that they felt
their new prostheses were durable and an improvement on previous treatments. Most patients indicated that, previous to the RCT, they had not attended a general dentist for a number of years and only then for acute issues. They had concerns that treatment which was provided to them as part of the RCT would not be available to them in primary care. Interestingly, although they do not want their condition to dis-improve, if their prostheses failed they stated that they would not seek alternative treatment but would revert back
to adopting previous coping mechanisms.
Conclusion: This study illustrates that partially dentate older patients were very satisfied with oral rehabilitation according to a functionally orientated approach. Unfortunately they did not believe that this treatment would currently be made available to them in a primary care setting.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2015
EventEuropean College of Gerodontology Annual Meeting - Titanic, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 01 Oct 201503 Oct 2015

Conference

ConferenceEuropean College of Gerodontology Annual Meeting
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period01/10/201503/10/2015

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    Meaney, S., Allen, P. F., & McKenna, G. (2015). Oral rehabilitation for partially dentate elders: a qualitative analysis. Poster session presented at European College of Gerodontology Annual Meeting, Belfast, United Kingdom. http://gerodontology.eu/