Dental Implants and General Dental Practitioners of Nepal: A study of existing knowledge and need for further education

Authors

  • Bhageshwar Dhami Department of Periodontics, Kantipur Dental College,Teaching Hospital and Research Center, Kathmandu
  • Priti Shrestha Department of Periodontics, Kantipur Dental College,Teaching Hospital and Research Center, Kathmandu
  • Bikash Lamichhane Dental Surgeon, Kathmandu
  • Anuj Kumar Sharma Dental Surgeon, Kathmandu
  • Sujaya Gupta Kantipur Dental College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jcmsn.v13i1.16668

Keywords:

Dental implants, education, general dental practitioner, knowledge

Abstract

Background & Objectives: The use of dental implants in partially or completely edentulous patients has proved effective and an accepted treatment modality with predictable long-term success. Dental implants are becoming a popular choice for replacing the missing teeth because of increased awareness about implants both in dentists and patients. The objective of the study was to assess the basic knowledge and education about dental implants among general dental practitioners (GDPs) of Nepal.

Materials & Methods:  A cross sectional questionnaire was carried out among 110 GDPs which consist of twenty questions that were divided into three categories; first with some basic knowledge in implant dentistry, second with clinical knowledge of dental implants and third with dental implant education and training.

Results: Out of 110 GDPs, 72.7% had basic knowledge about implant dentistry and 65.5% were not aware about advance surgical procedures like sinus lift and guided bone regeneration. All the GDPs were positive regarding more training and education in dental implants and 95.5% of them would like to incorporate dental implant treatment in their practice in future. 

Conclusion: GDPs should have adequate knowledge and training of dental implants which can be incorporated at undergraduate or post doctoral level so that they are skilled to provide quality dental implant therapy to their patients confidently.

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Published

2017-03-10

How to Cite

Dhami, B., Shrestha, P., Lamichhane, B., Sharma, A. K., & Gupta, S. (2017). Dental Implants and General Dental Practitioners of Nepal: A study of existing knowledge and need for further education. Journal of College of Medical Sciences-Nepal, 13(1), 212–215. https://doi.org/10.3126/jcmsn.v13i1.16668

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