EPIDEMIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF PARTIAL EDENTATION

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Roxana-Maria Pascu, Mihaela Ionescu, Monica-Mihaela Iacov-Crăiţoiu, Luminiţa Dăguci, Veronica Mercuţ, Ileana-Cristiana Petcu, Alma-Maria Florescu, Simina Găman

ABSTRACT

Aim of the study This study aims to define the prevalence of partial edentation in a group of patients, based on the Kennedy classification and the size of dental breaches, establishing also correlations with social-economical and local factors. Material and methods Our study group consisted of 337 patients with rural residence, with ages comprised between 17 and 79 years old. Results Partial edentation was identified for 325 patients, at early ages too, and its prevalence increased progressively up to 50-60 years old, when the number of patients with full dental arches becomes almost insignificant. Kennedy Class III has the highest prevalence for both maxillaries; and the size of edentation breaches increases proportionally with age. Most patients presented also caries (92.62%). Conclusions Our study emphasized a high prevalence of partial edentation, for both maxillaries, the most frequent edentation form being Kennedy Class III identified for both young and adult patients

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