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Table 5 Summary of studies reporting the location of missing teeth

From: Tooth loss and oral health-related quality of life: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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