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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-37

Trends in patients' mindset on dental implants: A survey in Malaysia

1 Department of Prosthodontics, MAHSA University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, MAHSA University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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DOI: 10.4103/0974-6781.130964

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Background: Treatment with dental implants has become increasingly important in the range of prosthodontic treatment. Significant improvements in oral rehabilitation particularly in edentulous individuals have been seen. A nationwide survey was made to evaluate public awareness among patients for dental implants, their level of knowledge and attitude toward replacement of missing teeth by dental implants. Materials and Methods: A survey of 1500 people was conducted through a printed and online questionnaire and completed by willing respondents. The questionnaires were prepared in English and Malay language to enable better understanding and completion. Results: Of the 1500 people surveyed, 1013 responses were retrieved, of which 772 were aware of dental implant treatment in Malaysia. Among them, 816 respondents were aware that implants can be used for replacement of missing teeth. Most of the respondents stated that dental implants were placed in the gums, followed by jawbone. 46.2% respondents assumed that implants last for a lifetime. 59% of respondents believe that poor oral hygiene was the most common cause of implant failure. Conclusion: It is important to raise the awareness of dental implant treatment in Malaysia as majority of the patients had inappropriate level of information about dental implants.

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