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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5

Knowledge and attitude toward replacing missing teeth with dental implants among the Saudi population


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentistry, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Dental Intern, Internship Training Program, King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentistry, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Restorative Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentistry, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Department of Oral Biology, Cairo University Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo, Egypt
4 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentistry, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, Cairo University Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohamed Tharwat Hamed
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics, King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentistry, Jeddah; Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, Cairo University Faculty of Dentistry, Cairo; P. O Box 80209, Jeddah 21589

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jos.JOS_74_19

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OBJECTIVES: To assess the knowledge level and attitude of the Saudi population about the use of a dental implant as a treatment option for replacing the missing teeth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study adopted a quantitative approach and used an online questionnaire to collect data. Nine hundred and five participants were recruited as per the inclusion criteria (above 18 years of age, know how to read and write, and technology literate). The collected data were analyzed statistically using IBM Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software. RESULTS: A low level of knowledge about teeth replacement methods (56%) was recorded among the participant, while 44.4% of them had heard about implant, bridges, and dentures. The oral hygiene of the participants was considered good (59.3%). The main source of information, reported by the participants, was the dentist (53.4%). The knowledge about dental implants was found to be significantly the highest (P = 0.02) among the highly educated participant who had completed postgraduate studies. CONCLUSION: There is a need for introducing comprehensive orientation programs, conducted by dentists, to communicate knowledge about dental implants. The social campaigns and official information programs should be instigated for improving the knowledge of the patients. Structured programs should be also introduced at an academic level, for enhancing the knowledge related to replacing missing teeth and dental implants.


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