Research Article
Volume 17 Issue 2 - 2018
Dental Interns’ Awareness Regarding Implant Placement in Medically Compromised Patients
Sundar Ramalingam1, Abdulrahman Bin Dawas2*, Mishary Al-Rashid2 and Raed Al-Bader2
1Lecturer, Maxillofacial Surgery Department, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Dental Internship Trainee, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Abdulrahman Bin Dawas, Dental Internship Trainee, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Received: December 16, 2017; Published: January 23, 2018
Citation: Abdulrahman Bin Dawas., et al. “Dental Interns’ Awareness Regarding Implant Placement in Medically Compromised Patients”. EC Dental Science 17.2 (2018): 63-66.
Increasing incidence of medically compromised patients seeking dental treatment and implant rehabilitation necessitates greater knowledge towards managing such patients. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the awareness among dental interns in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, regarding dental implant therapy for medically compromised patients. Using a convenience random sampling technique, a cross-sectional questionnaire based study was conducted to evaluate the awareness of the interns from dental schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Data pertaining to demographic details of the participants, academic GPA, clinical implant training and experience and awareness about dental implant therapy for medically compromised patients were collected. The survey response rate was 82.9% (n = 174/210; Males – 129 / Females - 45). Less than half of the interns (n = 82/174; 47.1%) had performed dental implants, out of which 41.5% (n = 34/82) had placed implants in medically compromised patients. Most medical illnesses except controlled diabetes mellitus and hypertension were perceived by the interns as contraindications for dental implant placement. Based on the results of the present study, it could be concluded that courses with greater emphasis towards management of dental patients with medical problems and under-graduate implant training for such patients would result in better awareness among dental interns regarding dental implant placement in medically compromised patients.
Keywords: Dental Implant; Medically Compromised Patient; Dental Interns; Awareness
Copyright: © 2018 Abdulrahman Bin Dawas., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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