Public awareness, knowledge, attitude and acceptance of dental implants as a treatment modality among patients visiting dental college setups in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India: A pilot study


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Author Details : Ajay Mahajan*, Kanwarjit Singh Asi, Anjali Mahajan, Ashadeep , Vindeshwari Bhatia

Volume : 6, Issue : 1, Year : 2021

Article Page : 18-23

https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijpi.2021.004



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Abstract

Background: Edentulism is one of the most commonly encountered condition affecting the oral cavity. Dental implants have emerged as a widely accepted prosthetic treatment option. However, lack of public awareness and cost of the treatment act as barriers which limit their applicability.
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based survey was conducted in five dental colleges in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India to assess the knowledge, attitude and perception of participants regarding the importance of replacing missing teeth and dental implants.
Statistical analysis Used: Epi-info software version 7.
Results: Majority of the patients were partially edentulous and believed that replacement of missing teeth is important but only half of participants had undergone treatment for the same. A large number of patients were aware about tooth replacement options but the awareness regarding dental implants was scarce.
Conclusion: High cost and lack of information seem to be the major barriers in delivering dental implant treatment. Efforts are needed to educate and spread the awareness about implants among general population.

Keywords: Awareness, Dental implants, Edentulism, Knowledge, Perception, Tooth replacement.


How to cite : Mahajan A , Asi K S, Mahajan A , Ashadeep, Bhatia V , Public awareness, knowledge, attitude and acceptance of dental implants as a treatment modality among patients visiting dental college setups in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India: A pilot study. IP Int J Periodontol Implantol 2021;6(1):18-23


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Article History

Received : 22-03-2021

Accepted : 31-03-2021

Available online : 16-04-2021


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