Knowledge, Awareness, and Attitude Regarding Dental Implants among Dental Interns

  • Arati Sharma Department of Prosthodontics, CODS, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • Bidhan Shrestha Department of Prosthodontics, Kantipur Dental College and Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bijay Kumar Chaudhari Department of ENT, NAMS, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Pramita Suwal Department of Prosthodontics, CODS, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
  • Raj Kumar Singh Department of Prosthodontics, CODS, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Abstract

Introduction: Implant therapy is an elective dental procedure of dental rehabilitative treatment. Objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, awareness, and attitude of dental interns of Nepal toward dental implants and to see associations of the responses with gender and geographic location of dental college.

Methods: It was conducted from June 2016 to June 2017 after taking ethical clearance and approval from the research committee. The sample included the interns who were present at the time of the survey. Data collection was done through a cross-sectional questionnaire survey, during clinical postings of the interns at all the dental colleges of Nepal, supervised and monitored by the investigators themselves; coded and entered in Microsoft Excel 2013 and statistical analysis was done by SPSS.

Results: A majority of the interns said they are moderately well informed about dental implants 141 (50.36%); main advantage of dental implants is they are conservative 164 (58.6%); most important factor for implant success is case selection 143 (51.07%); the longevity of dental implants is 10-20yrs, 162 (57.85%), 188 (67.14%) agreed that they were not provided with sufficient information and 191 (68.21%) stated that they need more information; 180 (64.3%) felt the difficulty encountered while placing implants is average and 229 (81.78%) stated that they need more hygiene care than natural teeth. 

Conclusions: A majority of interns have knowledge regarding dental implants, but the percentage of those who gave unsatisfactory answers is also large. They have a positive attitude towards gaining more information through various means.

Published
2018-04-30
How to Cite
Sharma, A., Shrestha, B., Chaudhari, B., Suwal, P., & Singh, R. (2018). Knowledge, Awareness, and Attitude Regarding Dental Implants among Dental Interns. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 56(210), 607-615. Retrieved from http://jnma.com.np/jnma/index.php/jnma/article/view/3440
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Original Article