Table 5

Summary of studies reporting the location of missing teeth

First author, year

Population, sample n, (% females)

Subject of the study

Main outcomes regarding location of missing teeth


OHIP-49 (Oral Health Impact Profile)


Walter, 2007CS [48]

Canadian rural adults

n = 140 (64)

Clinical and socio-demographic variables and OHRQoL

One or more natural posterior teeth missing not associated with OHRQoL impairment whereas one or more natural anterior teeth missing was associated with OHRQoL impairment.


OHIP-14 (Oral Health Impact Profile short version)


Pallegedara, 2008CS [40]

Sinhalese non-institutionalized elderly

n = 630 (54)

Tooth loss, denture status and OHRQoL

'Presence of anterior spaces' more negative impact on the OHRQoL than 'missing posterior teeth'.


GOHAI (Geriatric Oral Health Assessment Index)


Swoboda, 2006CS [44]

American low income elderly

n = 733 (56)

Dental and non-dental predictors on OHRQoL

Comparable impact on OHRQoL of the number of molar pairs occluding, premolar pairs occluding and anterior pairs occluding.


OIDP (Oral Impact on Daily Performance)


Tsakos, 2004CS [45]

Greek non-institutionalized elderly

n = 448 (48)

Relationship between clinical dental measures and OHRQoL

Having 'unfilled anterior spaces' more impact on OHRQoL than having few (0-3) posterior occluding pairs.


Tsakos, 2006CS [5]

British non-institutionalized elderly

n = 736 (64)

Clinical correlates of OHRQoL

Having few anterior occluding pairs (0-2) more impact on OHRQoL than having few posterior occluding pairs (0-3).


CS = cross-sectional study; LT = longitudinal study; CO = cohort study; VA = validation study

Gerritsen et al. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2010 8:126   doi:10.1186/1477-7525-8-126

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