2020, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 82 – 86

Elderly Patients’ Perception of Previewing the Prosthetic Treatment Outcome


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Authors and Affiliations

Corresponding author: Ana Maria Cristina Tancu, Lecturer, Department of Complete Denture, Faculty of Dental Medicine, ”Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 17-23 Plevnei Str., 010221, Bucharest, Romania E-mail: amctancu@yahoo.com, Phone: +40722664355


The demographic statistics indicate that, with the industrial development and the advances in the medical field, the average life of the population has started to increase significantly; consequently, the needs of treatments in geriatric dentistry are becoming more and more significant. The purpose of this study was to evaluate patients’ perception of diverse techniques used to obtain previews for final fixed prosthetic restorations: digital smile design (DSD), wax-up, indirect mock-up, temporary restorations, Computer-Aided Design (CAD). A focus group that included 11 participants, all of them geriatric patients, was formed; patients were invited to respond to a set of seven questions before and after various previsualization methods were applied. The focus-group report indicated that the indirect mock-up and the temporary restorations were considered by the geriatric patients as the best methods for obtaining good prosthetic previews. Comparing to the other tested methods, the use of indirect mock-up increased the acceptance of the prosthetic treatment plan and offered the most influential visual impact for 72.7% of participants. In addition, all tested previews allowed excellent communication with patients, the best results being obtained with the temporary prosthetic restorations (for 54.5% of participants). This approach represented a tool for better decisions regarding final dental restoration and has had a positive influence on patients’ acceptance of the treatment plan as well, making the final restoration more predictable.


About this article

PMC ID: 7175426
PubMed ID: 32341706
DOI: 10.25122/jml-2019-0125

Article Publishing Date (print): Jan-Mar 2020
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Journal information

ISSN Printing: 1844-122X
ISSN Online: 1844-3117
Journal Title: Journal of Medicine and Life

Copyright: © 2020 Carol Davila University Press. Romania

Copyright License: Open Access

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