The relationship of an appointment adherence with the provision for dentures within technical services in a dental hospital
Bevan, Mary Ismay Rowena
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study monitored the progress of denture cases throughout a period of dental appliance construction in a dental teaching hospital. A total of 141 cases were identified and traced through the dental laboratory management system. 203 dentures were included in this study as some cases had one denture and others two. There was a significant difference in the number of appointments needed (p<0.001), number of days overall that denture construction took (p<0.001), number of cases that missed at least one appointment recorded on the Laboratory computer system (p=0.01) and the number of days lapsed between missed appointments and new appointments attended (p<0.001) with the type of denture constructed. The number of dentures constructed for each case also had significant differences when measured against the number of appointments attended (p<0.001) and the number of days overall for their construction (p<0.05). While the denture base material used for the construction of dentures also had a significant effect on the number of appointments required (p<0.001), number of days overall for their construction (p<0.001) and the number of days lapsed between missed appointments and new appointment attended (p<0.001). There was also a significant difference in the number of appointments attended (p<0.01) and the number of days for overall construction (p<0.01) when the cases were treated by staff member or a student. Partial immediate denture cases showed the best adherence rates. While Partial / partial denture cases that required cobalt chromium denture bases took the longest time to construct and had the worst adherence rates.
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