Dr Ahmad Masoud, Dr Ahmad Sohail, Dr Bilawal Nawaz
Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of past denture experience on patient satisfaction with a new complete denture using a self-assessment questionnaire. Place and Duration: The study was conducted in Baqai Dental College, Karachi for two-years duration from May 2018 to May 2020. Methods: Eighty patients with no history of dentures, who received new complete dentures, were selected for the study group. An equal numerical group of patients with previous prosthetic experience who had received new prostheses was selected as a control. The same clinical and laboratory procedures were used in both groups. Patients were asked to return one week after insertion to complete a self-assessment questionnaire assessing satisfaction with function, comfort and appearance. Patients in the study group were divided into three subgroups by age to investigate the effects of age and gender differentiation on satisfaction. Results: Mean scores were significantly higher in patients with prior denture experience. Satisfaction was significantly greater in patients under 60 and over 69 years of age. The differences in the mean scores between the sexes were not statistically significant. Conclusion: Prior experience with dentures was an important predictor of the success of full denture therapy and should therefore be taken into account in the evaluation. Patients aged 60-69 were the most difficult to satisfy. However, gender differentiation had little effect on patient satisfaction. Keywords: past experience with prosthesis, satisfaction, complete prosthesis.