Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine have found that dental implants may be the most effective treatment for osteoporotic women resulting in a better quality of life.
Publishing their findings in the Journal of International Dentistry, the study, led by Professor Leena Palomo, is part of a series of research papers analysing dental outcomes for women with osteoporosis.
In one of the first studies of its kind to examine quality of life after treatment to replace missing teeth in osteoporotic women, the researchers surveyed 237 women about their satisfaction with their replacement teeth and how it improved their work and social lives. The survey examined satisfaction with their work, health, emotional and sexual aspects of their lives.
Osteoporotic women with one more adjacent teeth missing were chosen for the study. The range of restoration work done varied from implants (64 women), fixed partial denture (60), a removal denture (40), or had no restoration work done (66).
Women with dental implants reported a higher overall satisfaction with their lives, while fixed dentures scored next highest while women with no restoration work featured lowest. Women with dental implants also reported the highest satisfaction in emotional and sexual areas, while those without restorations scored the lowest in those two areas
Case Western Reserve dental student, Christine DeBaz, who personally interviewed all women who participated in the study, said: “As health professions move to a patient-centred form of delivering dental service, understanding the patient’s outcomes for satisfaction of the treatment’s aesthetics is as important as chewing function. We need hard data to drive our decision-making about which is best for the patient.”