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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 297
A survey on the use of techniques, materials in dental implantology practice

1 Department of Prosthodontics, S. Nijalingappa Institute of Dental sciences and Research, Gulbarga, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics Monica Dental Clinic, Hyderabad, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, Govt. Dental College, Raipur, India

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R Chowdhary
Department of Prosthodontics, S. Nijalingappa Institute of Dental sciences and Research, Gulbarga
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.100465

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Purpose: To present results of a survey on the status of an implantology amongst implant-practicing dentist across the world in 2009. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was sent to the members of EAO (European Association of Osseointegration), ICOI (International Congress of Osseointegrated Implants), ISOI (Indian Society of Oral Implantologists), Asian Academy of Osseointegration (AAO), Deutsche Gasellschaft Fur Orale Implantologie (DGOI), Philippines Implant Organization, Korean Society of Oral Implantologist, Japanese Association of OralIimplantologists, Chinese Dental Association, Pakistan Dental Association, asking for the personal (anonymous) background data and their implantology concepts. Specific questions dealt with level of recognition of implants, use of implants, superstructures, techniques followed, and materials used. Results: A total of 1500 (63.6%) of the 2358 questionnaires were answered. Dental implants were the most preferred treatment modality for restoring the missing teeth. Threaded implants were the most preferred. Cement retained implant prosthesis was the most preferred restoration procedure. Dentists believe that the general dentist should practice dental implant treatment modality, preferably teamwork. Immediate loading was the much-accepted concept among the dentists of the developed nations. Conclusion: Dental implants were much accepted treatment modality for the replacement of missing teeth. Most the dentists follow the well documented technique and proven materials, which have been documented in the literature, an evidenced based practice, thus, delivering the best to their patients. Dentists from the developing nations agreed to have standardization in implants.

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