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ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 987126, 3 pages
Research Article

Dental Prosthetic Status and Prosthetic Need of the Institutionalized Elderly Living in Geriatric Homes in Mangalore: A Pilot Study

1Department of Community Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Deralakatte, Mangalore 575018, Karnataka, India
2Department of Community Dentistry, AJ Institute of Dental Sciences, Kuntikana, Mangalore 575004, Karnataka, India

Received 27 August 2010; Accepted 4 October 2010

Academic Editors: S.-H. Kok and P. Ylöstalo

Copyright © 2011 Rekha P. Shenoy and Vijaya Hegde. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. To promote oral health among the elderly, we need to know their prosthetic status and prosthetic need. Hence, a survey of prosthetic status and need of elderly inmates of old age homes in Mangalore was done. Materials and Methods. A cross-sectional study was undertaken, and 133 subjects aged 60 years and above were examined (54.9% males and 45.1% females). Results. Eighty-eight percent of those examined were fully edentulous, and only 12% had complete dentures; none of the study subjects had partial dentures. Prosthetic status was significantly associated with gender ( 𝑃 = . 0 2 4 ), while prosthetic need and gender were not significantly associated ( 𝑃 = . 3 9 5 ). Conclusions. A high unmet need for prosthetic care existed among the institutionalized elderly surveyed.