A behavioural approach in the treatment of elderly patients: A new philosophy

A. Mersel*, B. Peretz

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Complete denture prosthodontists are very well aware of the influence of psychological factors in the success of their treatment. Recently, a number of authors tried to ascertain some psychosocial criteria in the predictability of patients' satisfaction. Although special attention was paid to concerns of socio-demographic and educational status, it was demonstrated that there is little relationship between quality of dentures and patients' satisfaction, nor a relationship between satisfaction and anatomical conditions. The purpose of this paper is to give a better understanding of the behavioural problems of this treatment and offer some solutions. Educational programmes should be influenced by behavioural problems in the management of the elderly patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Dental Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2003


  • Complete dentures
  • Elderly patient
  • Gerodontic


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