Relating Formal, Informal Religious Activities With Complete Denture Satisfaction
Keywords:Complete denture, religious activity, and satisfaction.
Objective: Psychological factors determine satisfaction with complete dentures. Psychological well-being,
which determines self-perception of health, is also influenced by level of involvement in formal religious
activity. The objective of this study was to determine the influence of patients' involvement in religious
activity on their satisfaction with complete dentures.
Methods: This study was conducted in the Outpatient Clinic of the Prosthetic unit of the Lagos University
Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria. New complete dentures were made for patient and they were recalled
over a 2-year period. A structured 2-sectioned questionnaire was administered. Information sought in the
first section prior to fabrication of denture was socio-demographics, socioeconomic status, religion, formal
religious activities and motivation for treatment. The second section of the questionnaire on satisfaction was
administered at the recall visit. Data was analyzed using SPSS (version 21.0).
Results: A total of 44 patients were seen, 39 patients came for recall visit. Mean age was 66.31Â±17.42 years.
Male participants were 61.5%. Majority (52.94%) of the patient were on soft diet. Aesthetic (64.7%) and
mastication (64. 7%) were the main motivation factors seeking teeth replacement. Majority (55.6%) of the
participants who rated self has â€œnot religiousâ€ were satisfied with dentures (p=0.39). Participants with low
level of involvement in religious activities had higher level of satisfaction with dentures (p =0.41).
Conclusion: Patients' level of religious activity had no influence on their complete denture satisfaction