Aim: To determine undergraduate students’ awareness and knowledge of removable partial denture use.
Methodology: The population for the study was drawn from students in the university hostel of residence. A multistage sampling technique was employed to pick the study population. Data for the study was collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of 3 sections: the first section sought demographic information (age, gender and marital status) while the second section consisted of 10 questions that tried to find out the prosthetic status of the respondents’ missing teeth, awareness of options for replacing missing teeth, preferred treatment options, acceptance of RPD as a treatment option and perception towards the use of RPD for replacement of missing teeth. Data obtained was analyzed using IBM SPSS version 21.0. Descriptive statistics (frequencies and counts) were used to analyze the data.
Result: A greater proportion (71.5%), knew what removable partial dentures were, while 28.5% did not. Majority of the respondents (86.3%) described RPD as an artificial tooth while about one tenth (13.7%) described it as an appliance. A majority (91.8%) ascertained its use to be for replacing missing tooth, while (4.1%) indicated its use as for treatment of caries and tooth decoration respectively. A higher proportion of those that have lost their tooth, 60.5% had the missing tooth/teeth replaced, while 39.5% did not have their missing tooth/teeth replaced.
Conclusion: The undergraduate students in this study had a good awareness and a fair knowledge of removable partial denture as a treatment option for missing teeth.