PERVASIVENESS OF PROSTHESIS AMONGST THE PATIENTS OF GADAP VISITING BAQAI DENTAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL
Edentulism is consistently shown to increase with age, gender and socioeconomic status. This study was done to assess the occurrence of complete and partial edentulousness in relation to age and gender amongst the low socio-economic population of Gadap area in suburb of Karachi.
In this cross-sectional study, subjects of both the genders irrespective of their ages were included. The subjects were divided into Group 1: 17-35 years, Group 2: 36- 55, Group 3: 56-75, Group 4: 75 and above. The data of one year was collected from Baqai Dental College Hospital records and evaluated using SPSS version 23. The significance level was set at p < 0.05.
A total of 319 subjects reported for seeking treatment of their missing tooth / teeth. 123(38.6%) patients were females and 196 (61.4%) were male. For comparison of frequencies between the groups, chi-square test was employed. It was found that male predilection for complete denture and group 3 (56-75 years) indicated highest number subjects suffering from complete edentulism.
Though a lot of advancement has been made regarding treatment options and in generating awareness amongst the population regarding oral health, prevalence of edentulism still prevails due to socioeconomic and cultural constrains.