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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58-63

Public awareness, knowledge, attitude and acceptance of dental implants as a treatment modality among patients visiting SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad


1 Department of Periodontics, S. D. M. College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Oral Implantology, S. D. M. College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, S. D. M. College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Pragathi Raghavendra Bhat
Department of Periodontics, S. D. M. College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad - 580 009, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_281_18

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Background: The use of dental implants as a prosthetic treatment modality for partially edentulous or completely edentulous patients is increased more commonly ever since the concept of osseointegration has been accepted. Objective: The objective of this study is to assess the awareness, knowledge, attitude, and acceptance of dental implants as a treatment modality among patients visiting SDM Dental College, Dharwad. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 500 patients visiting SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital (SDMCDSH), Dharwad, using a self-explanatory questionnaire. Results: A total of 500 individuals participated in the survey. The results of this survey indicate that 93.4% of the patients knew about dental implants, and for majority of them, the major source of information was through their dentist followed by relatives and friends and electronic media. About 60.4% patients disapproved the removable prosthesis as an option for the replacement of missing teeth. 77.2% patients expressed that they could not afford for the dental implant treatment. The major deterioration for this treatment was related to the cost in 80.4% patients, surgical procedure in 11.6% patients, and a long treatment time in 5.6% patients. While 60.4% patients felt that dental implants being expensive, is the treatment option only for the rich. Conclusion: The results of this survey showed that majority of the patients visiting SDMCDSH, Dharwad, were aware about dental implants as a treatment modality for the replacement of missing teeth. Although the attitude was positive and they did accept dental implants as a treatment option, the treatment cost mainly was the major reason to take a back step.


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