head JofIMAB
Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1312-773X (Online)
Issue: 2022, vol. 28, issue2
Subject Area: Dental Medicine
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2022282.4366
Published online: 25 May 2022

Original article
J of IMAB. 2022 Apr-Jun;28(2):4366-4370
Stefan RangelovORCID logo Corresponding Autoremail, Mariana Dimova-GabrovskaORCID logo,
Department of Prosthetic Dental Medicine, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University - Sofia, Bulgaria.

Purpose: Based on a historical review of the development of "dental grills" to critically analyze and conduct a survey on patient's view on "dental grills" about the medico-biological indicators - functional, aesthetic and preventive.
Material/Methods: A web search on related keywords was conducted, and the articles related to the phenomenon were analyzed. A direct survey was conducted, with a questionnaire containing 7 questions.
Results: We found a serious historical and cultural background of dental decorations on front teeth in the literature. For the first time in Bulgaria, a pilot survey was conducted among patients to assess the various medical and biological indicators in the application of dental decorations (grillz). The majority of patients (77.8%) that participated in the study were aware of the "grillz" phenomenon. Attitudes are rather negative towards their qualities in relation to the three medico-biological indicators - functional, preventive and aesthetic. The same applies to the social appropriation of  people wearing these decorations.
Conclusion: Decorations on front teeth have a profound history in many cultures and also contemporary manifestations but have not been sufficiently studied. Among dental patients in Bulgaria, attitudes are rather negative towards their qualities in relation to the three medico-biological indicators - functional, aesthetic and preventive.

Keywords: grillz, dental grills, teeth adornment, dental decorations,

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Please cite this article as: Rangelov S, Dimova-Gabrovska M. Dental grillz - critical analysis and patient opinions. J of IMAB. 2022 Jan-Mar;28(1):4366-4370. DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2022282.4366

Corresponding AutorCorrespondence to: Dr Stefan Rangelov, Department of Prosthetic Dental Medicine, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University – Sofia; 1, St. G. Sofiiski Blvd., Sofia, Bulgaria; E-mail: s.rangelov@fdm.mu-sofia.bg

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Received: 08 September 2021
Published online: 25 May 2022

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