Knowledge, attitude and practice among dental practitioners regarding adhesives in patients wearing maxillofacial prosthesis

Karthikeson P.S., Dhanraj.M and Ashish.R.Jain

Background: Satisfying the expectations of maxillofacial patients for optimal esthetics and stability is often beyond the technical skills of even the most accomplished practitioners. Knowing the use of denture adhesives may help to satisfy the expectations of specific patients and achieve their intended treatment goals.
Aim: To create awareness in dental practitioners about the adhesives given to patients wearing Maxillofacial Prosthesis.
Materials and methods: A random sample of 100 dental practitioners was selected and included for this study. The survey questions focused on knowledge, attitude and practice of adhesives given to patients wearing Maxillofacial Prosthesis. The dental practitioners had minimum of one year of clinical experience after their dental education.
Results: 60% of the dental practitioners were aware of adhesives given to patients wearing Maxillofacial Prosthesis and 40% of the dental practioners were not aware of adhesives. In this survey, dental practitioners were more aware of types of adhesives given to the patient particularly the adhesive epithane -3 and cosmetics and functional rehabilitation. 40% of the dental practitioners were unaware about the duration and side effects of adhesives in Maxillofacial Prosthesis patients.
Conclusion: Unawareness of the dental practioners regarding adhesives in Maxillofacial prosthetic patient may be due to lack of knowledge and practise. This can be improved by continuing dental education programs and highlight the adhesives in Maxillofacial Prosthesis.

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