Prosthetic status and needs in patients visiting dental teaching hospitals of Peshawar.
Objectives: The study aimed to collect the data regarding prosthetic status and need. Study Design: Cross sectional study. Setting: Three Teaching Dental Hospitals of Peshawar. Period: October to December 2017. Materials and Methods: Participants was given a pre-structured questionnaire which was designed to collect information regarding prosthetic need and prosthetic status. It consisted of two parts—the first part recorded data on socio-demographic factors (age, gender, educational level, socioeconomic status), while the second recorded the prosthetic status and need. Results: A total of 600 subjects were included comprising of 310 (51.6%) males and 290 (48.3%) females. The age ranged from 15 to 88 years with mean age 35 years. A total of 199 (33.1%) respondents were uneducated and 400 were educated. Out of 400, 63 (10.5%) had primary education, 167 (27.8%) had secondary education, 91 (15.1%) were graduates and 79 (13.1%) had a post-graduation There was significance difference found between age, education, socioeconomic status and prosthetic status. (p=0.000, 0.000, 0.004). There was no significance difference in prosthetic status between genders. There was significance difference found between education, socioeconomic status and prosthetic need (P value is 0.000, 0.012). There was no statistical significance found with respect to gender and prosthetic need. Conclusion: Hence, it can be concluded that most of the prosthetic needs of the studied population were unmet with prosthetic needs being approximately two fold greater than the prosthetic status.