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Is periodontitis and its treatment capable of changing the quality of life of a patient?

Abstract

While clinical indicators, or so-called surrogate outcomes in periodontology, allow us to assess periodontal health and evaluate outcomes of periodontal therapy from a clinician's perspective, they cannot be used to evaluate patients' subjective perceptions of their health status or satisfaction with the received treatment. These can be assessed through patient-based outcomes, such as quality of life. The aim of this paper is to give an overview of the multidimensional concept of oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL), its measures and association with plaque-induced, inflammatory periodontal diseases. Periodontitis and its clinical consequences, such as tooth loss, have a considerable negative effect on OHRQoL, while periodontal treatment and alleviation of the symptoms can lead to improvement in OHRQoL. Implant rehabilitation of missing teeth also seems to positively influence OHRQoL

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Graziani, F., Music, L., Bozic, D. et al. Is periodontitis and its treatment capable of changing the quality of life of a patient?. Br Dent J 227, 621–625 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0735-3

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