Aim: To assess the impact of mental attitude and class of edentulism on the oral-health related quality of life of patients treated with conventional complete dentures. Materials and method: The mental attitude and class of edentulism was assessed for 20 completely edentulous patients who were also provided with complete dentures. Their oral-health related quality of life was also assessed before treatment, 1 month and 3 months post insertion of complete dentures. Results: Majority 14 (70.0%) of the patients had a “philosophical” mental attitude while 6 patients (30%) had “exacting” attitude. Patients with Kennedy class III edentulous space had the highest mean score of 5.3 ± 0.6 (P=0.035) in the “physical function” domain while Class IV complete edentulism had the highest mean score of 7.5 ± 2.1 in the psychosocial function domain. Those with Philosophical mind had the higher base line score and post treatment scores. (p<0.05). Overall, a significant increase (P=0.0001) in the GOHAI-T mean score was observed after treatment with complete dentures irrespective of their class of edentulism or mental status. Conclusion: Class of edentulism and mental status of patients had significant impact on the oral health related quality of life of complete edentulous patients after treatment with complete dentures.
Julia EU1*, Omole OJ1, Asizide SM1 and Ayodeji ET2