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ASSESSMENT OF PATIENT’S KNOWLEDGE ON IMPROVING FUNCTION AND APPEARANCE WITH DENTAL IMPLANT THERAPY

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doi: 10.11138/orl/2018.11.2.095
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Objectives. Introduction of dental implant therapy has completely revolutionized the treatment for partially and completely edentulous patients. The aim of the current study was to assess the patient’s knowledge regarding improvement in function and appearance and expectations with dental implant therapy.
Methods. The required information was collected via a self-designed questionnaire. A total of 106 patients (response rate 70.66%) participated in the study. The subjects answered the questionnaire prior to dental implant therapy at universitybased dental hospital.
Results. Almost equal number of males (48.1%) and females (51.9%) participated. The patients either self-contacted (53%) for the implants or were referred by their dentists (42%). 55% of participants were in need of > 1 implant. Two thirds of the participants got their first information about implants from dentists and for majority (68.9%) the feedback was positive.
Dentists (85.8%) were the main source of information.75.5% of the patients regularly visited dentists and their experiences were pleasant. Satisfactory chewing (37.7%) followed by longevity (27.4%) and improvement in esthetics (26.4%) were the main reasons for seeking implants, while cost was not an issue for majority (53.8%). The responses about the time for completion of the treatment ranged from 1-day to 1-year. However, most of them (38.7%) believed that treatment will be completed within 6-months. For 41.5% of the participants the implants would last for 10 to 20 years while a third (33%) believed it will last for the rest of their life.
Conclusions. Participants had moderate awareness about dental implants. Chewing/function and appearance/esthetics were found to be the primary reasons for seeking dental implant therapy. Expectations of the patients from the dental implant therapy were high.

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