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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 110-114

Public awareness and knowledge of dental implants in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

1 Director of Prosthodontics Post Graduate Program REU, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Dental Intern in REU, Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia
3 Dental Intern in Al-Qassim Private Collage, Al-Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohammed Al-Rafee
Department of Prosthodontics, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjos.SJOralSci_6_18

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Aims: The aim of this study is to explore the knowledge and information concerning dental implants as a substitute for missing teeth among general society in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, a standardized questionnaire of 17 questions was used to assess the public awareness of dental implant in Riyadh by assessing, awareness, knowledge, sources of information, and attitude toward dental implants. The questionnaires were distributed to the people in public places. A total of 747 patients were included in this survey. Results: In this study, it was found that 56% of 747 participants are aware of dental implant as the option of replacement for missing teeth. About 48.9% knew the correct location of the dental implant in the mouth. About 85.5% stated that the main disadvantage is the cost. The main source of information from the dentist 34.4%, followed by friends 29.9%. The majority of the participants 78.3% believed only specialists could provide implant treatment. Conclusion: This study concluded that there is reasonable awareness and knowledge about dental implant. However, it is limited to general information, and there is a need for more public awareness about dental implant.

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