|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 11-13
Knowledge, attitude, and awareness among patients about dental implants
Monica Mahajani1, Vaishali Das2, Ashwin Aidasani3, Vino Tito V. Kurien4, Iffat Inamdar5, Arpita Nag6
1 Professor and HOD, Department of Periodontology, Dr. HSRSM College and Hospital, Hingoli, Maharashtra, India
2 HOD, Department of Biochemistry, Dr. Rajesh R. Dental College, Akola, Maharashtra, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Dr. HSRSM College and Hospital, Hingoli, Maharashtra, India
4 MDS, Department of Periodontology, Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
5 Private Practitioner, MDS Periodontology, Private Consultant, Thane, Maharashtra, India
6 Post Graduate Student, Department of Periodontics, Dental College and Hospital, Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to Be) University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||05-Feb-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||10-Feb-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||24-Mar-2020|
Mahajani Plots, Near Icon Hospital, Akola - 444001, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Introduction: The use of dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth has been increased by leaps and bounds ever since the concept of osseointegration has been identified and accepted.
Aim and Objectives: The present study was conducted to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and awareness of the people toward dental implants.
Materials and Methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in Dr. HSRSM Dental College and Hospital, Hingoli. A total of 302 people was asked using a standard questionnaire.
Results: While asking the information about dental implants, it was found that 58.7% of respondents were aware of it. About 54.2% consider high cost as the main barrier, followed by surgical procedure (19.5%) and long duration of treatment (26.3%). The attitude of respondents toward dental implants was found positive as 94.6% of them were curious about dental implant, and 82.9% want to get information from dentists only.
Conclusions: To conclude with this survey, we found a very good knowledge, attitude, and awareness of individuals toward dental implants.
Keywords: Attitude, awareness, dental implants, knowledge, missing teeth
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Mahajani M, Das V, Aidasani A, V. Kurien VT, Inamdar I, Nag A. Knowledge, attitude, and awareness among patients about dental implants. Int J Prev Clin Dent Res 2020;7:11-3
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Mahajani M, Das V, Aidasani A, V. Kurien VT, Inamdar I, Nag A. Knowledge, attitude, and awareness among patients about dental implants. Int J Prev Clin Dent Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Apr 19];7:11-3. Available from: https://www.ijpcdr.org/text.asp?2020/7/1/11/281338
| Introduction|| |
Ever since the concept of osseointegration has been identified and accepted, the use of dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth has been increased by leaps and bounds. Recent publicity about the benefits of implant dentistry has generated considerable interest among dental professionals and the public. There has been improvement in their quality of life and self-confidence, along with psychological benefits among the majority of patients treated with an implant-supported prosthesis. Moreover, the awareness of good general health, dental health, and nutrition has led to the longevity of life of humans. As missing teeth can be replaced by removable and fixed prosthesis, there are a few disadvantages with both. Furthermore, the rate of acceptance of removable prosthesis is minimal in both the young as well as the older individuals, and fixed prosthesis requires the sacrifice of the adjacent teeth to be replaced. Most of the studies on the awareness of dental implants in various parts of India and other countries suggest the use of dental implants in the rehabilitation of partially edentulous and completely edentulous patients in metropolitan cities and among the upper middle class, rich, and educated people., Hence, the present study was done to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and awareness of the people toward dental implants and will identify the barriers such as education, economic status, and general health circumstances.
| Materials and Methods|| |
This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted in Dr. HSRSM Dental College and Hospital, Hingoli, Maharashtra, with the primary objective to determine the awareness toward dental implants among completely or partially edentulous patients visiting the hospital. A total of 302 people was asked using a standard questionnaire. The adult patients who were needing prosthetic rehabilitation in any or both of their jaws were recruited in the study.
| Results|| |
Among 302 patients, 55.68% were male and 44.32% were female. While asking the information about dental implants, it was found that 58.7% of respondents were aware of it. Among them, 37.5% attributed friends for their source of knowledge, 19.4% from dentists, and 2.4% from newspapers. A good portion of participants (62.8%) think that the implant survives for the whole life. While asked about constraints for implant treatment, 54.2% consider high cost as the main barrier, followed by surgical procedure (19.5%) and long duration of treatment (26.3%) [Table 1]. The attitude of respondents toward dental implants was found positive as 94.6% of them were curious about dental implant and 82.9% want to get information from dentists only. Among the respondents, 41.5% think that hygiene care should be more than natural teeth, and 8.7% think that it will require less. Almost the same fraction of respondents thinks that specialist (35.8%) or general dentists (35.3%) can perform implant treatment.
| Discussion|| |
Among various alternatives to replace missing teeth, 58.7% of respondents in our study heard about dental implants. In a study done by Pommer et al., the prevalence of patients knowing about dental implants was 74%. The awareness rate about dental implants was found to be less than that of the Australian population (72%), Saudi Arabian population (66.4%), Swiss population (70.7%), Norwegian population (70.1%), and Sudanese population (68.5%). Regarding the constraints of implant therapy, 54.2% were quoting high cost as the main barrier, followed by surgical procedures (19.5%) and long duration of treatment (26.3%). It is in agreement with other studies by Narby et al., Bhat et al., and Prashanti and Mohan. However, the findings of the multicenter study done by Ellis et al. had outlined fear of pain of surgery as the main barrier for implant therapy. Asked about care and maintenance, 41.5% of respondents in our study think that implants need more care than natural teeth, and 8.7% think that it requires less care. It is closely matched to the findings of the study done by Rustemeyer and Bremerich. In the current study, many respondents (62.8%) think that the implant lasts forever. It is in contrast to the findings of Sudanese (19.3%) and Turkish (33%) studies. The attitude toward dental implants was found very high in our study with 94.6% showing interest to know more about implants. This is in agreement to Sudanese (93.2%) and slightly higher than that of Saudi Arabian (82.4%) and Turkish (68.3%) study.
| Conclusions|| |
To conclude with this survey, we found a very good knowledge, attitude, and awareness of individuals toward dental implants. Most of the participants heard about dental implants, and they were well informed mainly by their dentists. They wanted to know more about dental implants from their dentists, and they cared about the functioning outcome of the implant. Furthermore, most of them preferred to choose dental implants.
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