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Frequency and Level of Disability among Patients Wearing Complete Dentures

Background: Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a collective terminology which involves the masticatory musculature, the temporomandibular joint or both. Temporomandibular joint disorders are fairly common place occurrences. Complete denture wearers have greater signs and symptoms of mandibular disorder than the subjects with natural teeth. The objective of the study was to find out the frequency and level of disability among patients wearing complete dentures. Methods: In this study, a total of 100 complete denture wearing patients participated. Patients with any previous maxillofacial injury, trauma and below the age of 40 were excluded. Simple convenient sampling was used to collect all the data. Results: A total of 100 complete denture wearing patients participated in this study. The study included 50 (50%) males and 50(50%) females with and average mean age of 57.68. Results showed that among 100 participating patients wearing complete dentures, 30(30%) faced no disability whereas 49(49%) faced minimal disability, 18(18%) faced slight disability and only 3(3%) faced moderate disability. Conclusion: The study concluded that frequency and level of disability was variable among patients wearing complete dentures from minimal to moderate. Many of the complete denture wearing patients experienced more than one clinical symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder.


Syed Ali Behram Subawari, Layba Awais, M Waqar Afzal, Kamran Hanif, Ayesha Sarfraz, Mehvish Saleem and Muhammad Kashif

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