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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 195-200
Dental esthetic satisfaction, received and desired dental treatments for improvement of esthetics


1 Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Gazi University, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontics, Gazi University, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara, Turkey
3 Department of Biostatistics, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

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Zuhre Zafersoy Akarslan
Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, Gazi University, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.52902

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Aim: The purposes of this research were to investigate factors influencing patients' satisfaction with their present dental esthetic, received previous dental treatments on anterior teeth and basic treatments that they wanted to undergo to improve their dental appearance. Materials and Methods: A total of 1014 patients who attended a dental school in a major city in Turkey participated in the study. The participants were surveyed with a questionnaire containing questions about gender, age, education level, self-reported tooth appearance, received previous dental treatments on anterior teeth and desired basic esthetic dental treatments. Statistical analysis of the verifying data was made with descriptive statistics, χ2 test and multiple logistic regression analyses. Results: According to the analyses of the verifying data, 55.1% of the patients were dissatisfied with the color of their teeth, 42.7% with dental appearance, 29.9% with crowding of anterior teeth, 23.3% were hiding teeth while smiling, 16.1% had non-esthetic restorations and 11.9% thought that their anterior teeth were protruding. Esthetic restoration was found to be the most-performed treatment recently (29.0%) and whitening of teeth was the most-desired dental treatment (49.0%). Gender, age and education level had an effect on satisfaction and received previous and desired dental treatments for improvement of esthetics. Conclusion: Many of the Turkish patients surveyed in the study were dissatisfied and desired the improvement of dental esthetics. Therefore, dentists should consider this as an important dimension in their practice.


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