A Survey on Perception of Dental Students on Dental Implant Treatment and its Introduction in Dental Curriculum


Authors : Dr Seerat Ul Nisa, Dr Glynis Miranda Anita, Dr Vidya K Shenoy, Dr Shradha Dhanania, Dr Bhavana Tadikonda

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 2 - February

Google Scholar : https://goo.gl/DF9R4u

Scribd : https://bit.ly/2TwiPga

Abstract :  Aims: As the awareness among patients is increasing about dental implants, it demands higher level of competence from the students of dental institutions. In developing countries only limited information is provided to students at undergraduate level regarding implants. So, the aim of this study was to access the knowledge and perceptions of dental students towards implant treatment and education.  Material and Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was an online survey based on questionnaire with a sample size of 120. Informed consent was taken from all the participants. The survey consisted of multiple standardized questions regarding their knowledge of implant therapy and their perception on introduction of the same in undergraduate curriculum. The data was analyzed using SPSS software.  Results: Out of all the participants, 105 students (87%) responded to the survey. The students considered dental implant as a restorative option for replacing missing mandibular molar, maxillary anterior tooth and edentulous mandible. Most of the respondents felt that the topics related to implant dentistry were not sufficiently covered during their undergraduate course and they showed keen interest in learning more about the therapy through simulated practicals and clinical placement of the implants.  Conclusion: The students were acceptably familiar with implants as a restorative option in partial and complete edentulous situations and showed keen interest in learning the theoretical as well as clinical aspects of the implant therapy at undergraduate level. However, there is a need to introduce structured implant dentistry curriculum at undergraduate education level in India and other developing nations.

Keywords : Implant, Undergraduate Curriculum, Implant Training in Dental Students.

 Aims: As the awareness among patients is increasing about dental implants, it demands higher level of competence from the students of dental institutions. In developing countries only limited information is provided to students at undergraduate level regarding implants. So, the aim of this study was to access the knowledge and perceptions of dental students towards implant treatment and education.  Material and Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was an online survey based on questionnaire with a sample size of 120. Informed consent was taken from all the participants. The survey consisted of multiple standardized questions regarding their knowledge of implant therapy and their perception on introduction of the same in undergraduate curriculum. The data was analyzed using SPSS software.  Results: Out of all the participants, 105 students (87%) responded to the survey. The students considered dental implant as a restorative option for replacing missing mandibular molar, maxillary anterior tooth and edentulous mandible. Most of the respondents felt that the topics related to implant dentistry were not sufficiently covered during their undergraduate course and they showed keen interest in learning more about the therapy through simulated practicals and clinical placement of the implants.  Conclusion: The students were acceptably familiar with implants as a restorative option in partial and complete edentulous situations and showed keen interest in learning the theoretical as well as clinical aspects of the implant therapy at undergraduate level. However, there is a need to introduce structured implant dentistry curriculum at undergraduate education level in India and other developing nations.

Keywords : Implant, Undergraduate Curriculum, Implant Training in Dental Students.

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