DENTAL PATIENTS’ KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS DENTAL IMPLANTS AS A FIXED PROSTHESIS
This study was conducted to determine the knowledge and attitude of public towards dental implants as a fixed prosthesis option, in Pakistan. A questionnaire consisting of 11 open and close-ended questions was used to determine the level of awareness, knowledge and attitude towards dental implants as a fixed prosthesis. A total of 80 participants took part in the survey. Out of 80 participants, there were 19 (23.8%) males and 61 (76.3%) females. With majority (65.0%) in the age group of 20-29 years. There were 67.5% participants who thought implants were the best option to replace missing teeth. While only 53% of the subjects felt, they had knowledge of dental implants. The main source of knowledge regarding dental implants was dentists, followed by electronic media. The chief reason of not opting dental implants as a prosthesis was its high cost (35.2%). Hence, it can be concluded that there is a need for raising more awareness among the general population regarding implants as a fixed prosthesis to improve the quality of life in Pakistan.