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ORIGINAL STUDY COMPETITION
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 8

OSC3: Attitudes and extent of the practice of denture marking in Sri Lanka


Date of Web Publication31-Oct-2018

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.244591

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. OSC3: Attitudes and extent of the practice of denture marking in Sri Lanka. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2018;18, Suppl S1:8

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. OSC3: Attitudes and extent of the practice of denture marking in Sri Lanka. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 Nov 20];18, Suppl S1:8. Available from: http://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2018/18/5/8/244591



RM Jayasinghe1, JB Weeratna2, JAVP Jayasinghe1, IP Thilakumara1, NC Ratnayake3

1Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, 2Institute of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 3Institute of Oral Health, Maharagama

In 1972 the Federation Dentarie Internationale recommended the marking of all dentures. Ministry of Health Sri Lanka by a circular, informed the dental practitioners the need of marking the dentures in 2008.

Aim: Objective of this study was to assess the dental surgeons’ attitude and the practice of denture marking in Sri Lanka prior to recommending a clinically and forensically usable marking method.

Methods: Study was carried out at the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, by way of a self-administered pretested questionnaire posted to the participants. Sample size was 524 out of which 44.2% were with postgraduate qualifications and 53.9% practicing in urban areas. Statistical analysis was done using SPSS 20.0. Chi square was used to test the relationship between categorical variables. (use of denture marking, what tools are used, knowledge of circular etc.).

Results: Response rate was 44%. Denture marking is practiced as a routine measure only by 22% of the respondents. Most of the practitioners (78%) were unaware of the circular. Nevertheless 75% knew that the denture marking is used as an identification tool and 84% considered it as an import tool in identification. A statistical significance was observed between male and female dental practitioners in the awareness of the circular and awareness of the importance of denture marking.

Conclusions: Denture marking is not routinely practiced by the Sri Lankan dental practitioners and most were unaware of the circular issued by the government. Nevertheless, majority accepted denture marking as an important identification tool.






 

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