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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-46

Assessment of salivary flow and anxiety in patients rehabilitated with implant-supported prostheses

Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, Aracatuba Dental School, São Paulo State University, Aracatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Dr. Marcelo Coelho Goiato
Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, Aracatuba Dentala School, São Paulo State University, José Bonifácio, 1193 – Vila Mendonça - CEP 16015-050 Aracatuba, Sao Paulo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ccd.ccd_198_18

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Background: The aim of this study was to verify, through self-assessment questionnaires, the influence of implant-supported prosthesis in salivary flow and anxiety of patients rehabilitated with them. Materials and Methods: Visual analog scale (VAS) questionnaire about xerostomia and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were applied before (T1) and after 2 days (T2) and 3 weeks (T3) of prostheses installation. The study included patients rehabilitated with implant-supported prostheses containing three or more dental elements. A total of 17 patients were evaluated. Results: In VAS questionnaire, there was a significant increase in the difficulty of speaking and swallowing with dry mouth. The other VAS questions showed no statistically significant difference, indicating no changes in patients' salivary flow. Conclusions: It was concluded that the installation of implant-supported prostheses does not lead to major changes in patients' perception about their salivary flow and psychological state, causing no improvement or worsening in the characteristics evaluated.

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