Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SILVA, Maria Elisa de Souza e; MAGALHAES, Cláudia Silami de and FERREIRA, Efigênia Ferreira e. Dental loss and prosthetic replacement expectation: qualitative study. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp. 813-820. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000300024.
This qualitative research analyses the repercussions of total dental loss on people's quality of life. The Oral Health Impact Profile short-form (OHIP14) was applied to 50 volunteers, and after analyzing the results, 13 out of those 50, were selected to be individually interviewed in an opened questions script. The criteria to select these 13 people were: perception of the impact of mouth condition on quality of life measured by the score reached on OHIP. We tried to comprise the sample with a good variety, according to the profile of the initial sample. After analyzing people's statements, it was possible to verify that dental loss had strong negative consequences on people's life, like shame, difficulty to eat, impact on social relationship and feeling of not being complete. The possibility of having their teeth replaced generates some anxiety. Although being aware that wearing total prosthesis represents some sacrifices, people considered it worthwhile because the possibility of regaining the social pattern and the self-image is renewed.
Keywords : Quality of life; Dentures; Prosthesis; Tooth loss.