ASSESSMENT OF THE EXTENT AND QUALITY OF PATIENT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS, IMMEDIATE IMPLANTS, AND BONE GRAFTING PROCEDURES
Dental implants are a preferred treatment option for replacing missing teeth around the world. However, in Pakistan, implants are given less preference due to a lack of patient awareness and information about the procedure. To assess this, a study was conducted at a hospital in Islamabad, to measure patients’ knowledge of dental implants, immediate implants, and bone grafting procedures. A structured questionnaire was used to conduct this cross-sectional qualitative research. The study employed a convenient sample technique and recruited 100 participants (41 males and 59 females) aged 18 and above. Data was obtained over nine months and analyzed using SPSS v. 23.0. The results showed that 40% of participants had some knowledge about dental implants, while 15% had a thorough understanding of the procedures. The most common motivation for seeking dental implant treatment was the desire for better eating ability (26%), followed by a preference for a fixed and permanent solution over dentures (38%).
Regarding bone grafting, 41% of participants were aware of its potential necessity while placing an implant. Among these participants, 45% expressed a preference for alternative treatment options due to cost considerations and fear of surgical procedures. Furthermore, 44% of the participants believed dental implants could be placed immediately after tooth extraction. This study aims to fill the research gap in understanding the perceptions and knowledge of patients about implants. Patient misconceptions about implants can lead to unreasonable expectations, insufficient post-operative care, and ultimately influence treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction.
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