Knowledge and Attitude Among Dentists Concerning Removable
Partial Denture Design in Makkah, KSA
Dunya A Aqel1, Asail F Al-qurashi1, Hanadi A Lamfon2, Rabab I Salama3,
Ibrahim M Hamouda4* and Amira M Gomaa2,5
1Faculty of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia
2Prosthodontics Division, Faculty of Dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia
3Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health Department, Faculty of Dentistry,
Mansoura University, Egypt.
4Restorative Dentistry Department, Faculty of dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi
2,5Prosthodontics Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Mansoura University, Mansoura,
*Corresponding Author: Ibrahim M Hamouda, Restorative Dentistry Department,
Faculty of dentistry, Umm Al-Qura University, Saudi Arabia.
Received: October 13, 2022; Published: November 15, 2022
Background: Removable partial denture (RPD) is introduced as one of the most successful treatment options for partially edentulous
patients at any age. Construction of RPD necessitates multiple clinical and laboratory steps. One of the most important steps is
the design of RPD. Dentists should have a clear knowledge of the different designs and functions of RPD components. Proper contact
between dental practitioners and dental technicians has long been recognized as another essential factor contributing to the development
of high-quality removable prostheses.
Aim of the study: This study emerged to evaluate knowledge and attitude concerning removable partial dentures design among
dentists in Makkah region, KSA.
Material and Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in Makkah region, KSA, on 246 participants. All participants
were invited to the study via the social network to complete an online questionnaire form of 36 questions that was created
through Google Form for Online Surveys to assess the knowledge and attitude of the dentist regarding RPD design.
Results: 55.7%of the participants supposed that both the dentist and dental technician should be responsible for designing of RPD
and 43.9% believe that it’s the dentist responsibility. 36.6% believe that surveying is the job of both dentists and the dental laboratory
technician and 13% of the participants reported that surveying is the dentist responsibility. More than half 73.2% of all study
participants reported that they communicate with the laboratory by marking on the primary cast and laboratory form. Regarding
RPD component design, the results revealed that more than half of the participants appeared having enough knowledge regarding
principles of major connector, direct and indirect retainers’ selection and rests location.
Conclusion: The majority of dentists in Makkah region, KSA participated in this study had sufficient knowledge and attitudes concerning
Keywords:Removable Partial Denture; Design; Partial Edentulism; Knowledge; Attitude
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