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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: May | Volume: 5 | Issue: 5 | Pages: 1-6

Dental Implant Knowledge Assessment as Tooth Replacement Option in Central Region of Nepal: A Cross Sectional Study

Dr. K. Sayed Akber Pasha1, Dr. Gaurav Pandav2, Dr. Nipun Singla3

1Prosthodontist, Salmar, Karkala, Karnataka, India
2Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontics, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sunam, Punjab
3Pedodontist, Barnala, Punjab, India

Corresponding Author: Dr. Gaurav Pandav


Introduction: One of the most common complaints told by the adult patients these days visiting the dental clinics is their need to replace their missing or lost teeth posing a difficulty in eating, esthetics, speaking and swallowing.
Objective: The aim of this present study is to know about the attitude and knowledge of patients about dental implants as tooth replacement treatment modality in central region of Nepal.
Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted in Central region of Nepal involving the patients who attended the dental OP clinics in Teaching hospitals and general hospitals. A total of eight hospitals including six general hospitals and two teaching hospitals were selected from a list of twenty hospitals.
Results: A total of 400 patients were enrolled in the survey out of which 49% were males and 51 % were females giving an almost equal ratio of males and females. The age of the study population ranged from 18-80 years with a mean of 35 years. Most of the respondents ie 252 (63%) had tertiary education. Out of the total sample size, 180 (45%) patients had missing teeth and out of that 64 (16%) got their teeth replaced.
Conclusion: According to present study, the level of dental education should be uplifted in the country and dentists along with media should provide correct and detailed information about the procedure so that people can get the maximum benefit. Also there should change in dental insurance policies so that implant can be easily afforded by the patient.

Key words: Dental implants, tooth replacement, cost, affordable.

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