Patient Complaints and Satisfaction with Removable Partial Dentures Therapy in Sulaimani City, Iraq


  • Hewa A. Salih Department of Preventive Dentistry, Orthodontics, Pedodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author
  • Jwan R. Abdulazeez Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author
  • Tanya H. Hama Faiq Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author
  • Mohammed A. Mahmood Department of Dental Basic Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author
  • Rukhosh H. Abdalrahim Department of Dental Basic Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Author



Patient satisfaction, Removable partial denture, Sulaimani city


Objective: This study examined patients' complain regarding pain, retention and stability, food accumulation, mastication, and speaking with removable acrylic partial dentures (RPDs). Furthermore, the influence of sex, age and duration of the use of current RPDs on patient satisfaction. 

Methods: The study sample included 156 RPD wearers (107 females and 49 males) aged between (27-81) years old. Sex, age, occupation, any experience with previous RPDs, and the duration of the use of current RPDs were recorded. Then, patient satisfaction with food accumulation, presence of pain, retention and stability, mastication as well as speaking with RPDs were recorded. Data were analyzed using the Spearman’s correlation, independent t-test, and Pearson correlation test.

Results: A statistically significant relation was found between overall satisfaction and age (P =0.013). However, no significant relation of sex and wearing days of RPDs with satisfaction was observed. Eating with RPDs was the most significant complaint about most of the patients, followed by food impaction under or around the prosthesis. By contrast, speaking with RPDs was the least problem for participated patients. In addition, in the present study patients were more satisfied with RPDs that were fabricated by dentists in comparison with dental technicians (p=0.001).

Conclusions: Age has a remarkable impact on patient satisfaction with RPDs. Chewing and eating recorded the highest complain. Patients were more satisfied with RPDs constructed by a dentist. A good communication between dentists and dental technicians is recommended to improve the quality of RPDs, hence raising the patient’s oral health and quality of life.


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Patient Complaints and Satisfaction with Removable Partial Dentures Therapy in Sulaimani City, Iraq. (2019). Sulaimani Dental Journal, 6(2), 6.

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