Objectives . To describe dental prosthesis provision in the Brazilian public health service and report the performance of dental prosthesis procedures according to the Brazilian macroregions. Methods . A structured interview was conducted with senior-level health professionals from each of the 18,114 oral health teams (OHT). The dependent variables were performance of removable prostheses and prosthesis procedures, including provision of fixed prostheses by OHT. Descriptive statistics were produced together with performing a cluster analysis using SPSS version 19.0. Results . The manufacture of any type of prosthesis was done by a minority of OHT (43%). The most commonly provided types of dental prosthesis were removable full and partial dentures. Cluster 1 (teams that performed prosthesis procedures the most) was composed of a smaller number of teams ( n = 5,531), and Cluster 2 (composed of teams that do not perform prosthetics or that perform them in small amounts) consisted of 12,583 teams. The geographic distribution of clusters reveals that the largest proportion of Cluster 1 teams is located in the Northeast (33.9%) and Southeast (33.6%). Conclusions . A minority of OHT produce dental prostheses. There is an unequal geographical distribution of clusters.
Cunha, M. A. G. M., Matta-Machado, A. T. G., Lucas, S. D., & Abreu, M. H. N. G. (2018). Availability of Dental Prosthesis Procedures in Brazilian Primary Health Care. BioMed Research International, 2018, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4536707