Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 3 - 2020
An Assessment of the Variance in Patient’s Knowledge of Dental Implant Treatment for Replacement Missing Teeth in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Nora Alnomay1*, Ashwaq2, Mada2 and Albaraa Swaid1
1Joint Appointee, Assistant Professor and Consultant in Periodontics and Implantology, College of Dentistry, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Dental Intern, College of Dentistry, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Nora Alnomay, Preventive Dental Science Department, College of Dentistry, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Received: January 18, 2020; Published: February 10, 2020


Background: Little is known about the variance in patients’ knowledge of dental implant for the replacement of missing teeth.

Materials and Methods: We obtained a representative random sample of 396 patients, drawn from a target population of 585 patients at three dental institutions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Prior to dental implant treatment, we tested the patients’ knowledge using the Dental Implant Knowledge Scale.

Results: The answers to the 10-point scale were normally distributed (range = 1 to 7; median = 4.00; mean = 4.09; 95% CI = 3.94, 4.24). Most (369, 84.9%) of the patients achieved poor scores (≤ 5). The patients who achieved lower than average scores tended to be male, more than 40 years old, reside in rural areas, be smokers, and have a high-school education. They also tended to be retired, not to suffer from a systemic disease, and not to acquire information from dentists.

Conclusion: The patient’s low scores on the Dental Implant Knowledge Scale reflected misconceptions about the complications and risk factors associated with implant failure, and the relationships between oral hygiene, systemic disease, smoking, and overall health. We recommend that dental teams in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere should administer the Dental Implant Knowledge Scale in practice to identify those patients who exhibit the poorest knowledge of dental implant, and to target these specific groups of patients for appropriate educational interventions prior to treatment.

Keywords: Dental Implants; Oral Hygiene; Patient Reported Outcome Measures; Peri-Implantitis; Periodontal Disease; Patient Education


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Citation: Nora Alnomay., et al. ““An Assessment of the Variance in Patient’s Knowledge of Dental Implant Treatment for Replacement Missing Teeth in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia”. EC Dental Science 19.3 (2020): 01-12.

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