Knowledge and Perceptions of Undergraduate Dental Students toward Implant Dentistry in Myanmar
Aung T Hein, Nay N Htun, Yan A Tun, Thiri Kyaw, Shwe Hlaing, Than Swe
Dental implants, Dental students, Knowledge and perceptions, Predoctoral education, Preliminary study
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Hein AT, Htun NN, Tun YA, Kyaw T, Hlaing S, Swe T. Knowledge and Perceptions of Undergraduate Dental Students toward Implant Dentistry in Myanmar. Int J Prosthodont Restor Dent 2022; 12 (1):11-15.
Purpose: The purpose of this preliminary survey is to assess the knowledge and perceptions of clinical year dental students toward dental implants and dental implant treatment.
Materials and methods: This cross-sectional descriptive first survey was conducted on 3rd, 4th, and 5th (final) year undergraduate dental students from the University of Dental Medicine, Yangon, Myanmar, by using the nine-item closed-ended questionnaire (500 questionnaires) under the approval of the Research and Ethics Committee of the University in 2019. Data were analyzed by percentage frequency distribution.
Results: A total of 489 students participated in this survey, with a response rate of 97.8%. Most of the students (42.54%) claimed that they had been “poorly” informed about implantology. The majority of the students (59.92%) believed that “longevity” is the main advantage of dental implants, and 31.70% thought “experience of the operator” is the most important factor for implant success. A total of 29.04% agreed that 10–20 years is the longevity of dental implants and 46.63% of the respondents concurred that dental implants need additional care procedures than natural teeth. A large majority of the respondents (63.60%) agreed dental implant treatment is “very difficult” compared to other dental procedures. Most of the students have insufficient knowledge of dental implant manufacturing and the local market situation. Around 67.28% concluded that economic feasibility would limit implant treatment in Myanmar.
Conclusion: The knowledge and perceptions of clinical year dental students toward dental implantology have been recognized as deficient. Therefore, it is necessary to add more specific education programs in implant dentistry into the current undergraduate courses.
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