An Assessment of Dentist’s Attitudes to the Shortened Dental Arch Concept


  • Ghazala Suleman Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • Saurabh Chaturvedi Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • Rania A. Shareef Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • Asim Elsir Elmahdi Department of Prosthetic Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohamed Fadul A. Elagib Department of Periodontics Dentistry, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia



Survey, Questionnaire, Dentist Awareness, Oral Function, Patient Acceptance, Shortened Dental Arch, SDA


AIM: The rehabilitation of a complete dental arch is a traditional concept to maintain proper functional occlusion, but it is neither compulsory nor always attainable in many patients. Nevertheless, it is always important to provide a minimum number of teeth for efficient function. This study aimed to assess the dentist’s attitude to a shortened dental arch (SDA) concept and to assess their perception and application of it in their clinical practice in the Aseer region, Saudi Arabia.

DESIGN OF STUDY: A questionnaire with 17 questions was used to reveal the views of 204 dentists from the area of study about SDA. The questionnaire set basically consists of two parts. The first part included the dentists’ demographic data, and the second one consisted of the questions regarding the SDA concept.

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Descriptive analysis and associations with the factors were tested for significance using Chi-square tests, and p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

RESULTS: Among the respondents, 43.7% were aware of the SDA concept. Thus, the expected awareness about the SDA concept among the dentists was in the range of 36.31–51.05 with 95% confidence. A highly significant difference in awareness of SDA was observed between graduates and postgraduates. Among the respondents having more than 10 years of experience, the awareness level of SDA was 66.0%.

CONCLUSIONS: The majority of participants alleged that the SDA concept is useful in clinical practice and is a useful treatment modality for older adults with limitations preventing complex restorative care. However, the application of the SDA varied significantly among dentists.


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Suleman G, Chaturvedi S, Shareef RA, Elmahdi AE, Elagib MFA. An Assessment of Dentist’s Attitudes to the Shortened Dental Arch Concept. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2020 Mar. 5 [cited 2024 Apr. 12];8(D):14-22. Available from:

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