RESTORATIVE STATUS AND PREVALENCE OF CARIES IN PATIENTS WITH REMOVABLE PARTIAL DENTUREAbstract
Aim: To study the status of restoration and prevalence of caries in patients witha removable partial denture. Materials and Method: Case sheets of 100 RPD (removable partial denture) patients were collected, and the prevalence of caries and restorative status were assessed from it. Results: From the 100 subjects, 36% of the RPD patients had caries. Based on the restorative status, 12 subjects did not undergo any restorative treatment, while the rest had undergone restoration. Conclusion: The prevalence of caries in patients with RPD was found to be higher than that of patients with a fixed partial denture (FPD). Therefore, alterations can be made in the design of RPD such that it will reduce the incidence of caries in RPD wearers. Awareness of oral hygiene should be given to patients with RPD.