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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 33-37

Awareness about mandibular implant overdentures among edentulous patients in Namakkal district: A hospital-based study


Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. S Sajida Begum
No 64, 4th Cross, Annasalai, Chinnathirupathy, Salem - 636 008, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jiadsr.jiadsr_20_17

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Context: The total number of edentulous patients wearing mandibular implant overdentures is very less when compared to conventional dentures inspite of several advantages of mandibular implant overdenture over conventional complete dentures. Aims: This study aims to assess the awareness about mandibular implant overdentures among the edentulous patients who visit Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Namakkal, using a questionnaire-based study. Materials and Methods: This questionnaire-based study is designed for the purpose of interviewing 300 consecutive edentulous patients. These patients have visited the Outpatient Department of Prosthodontics of Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, between September 2015 and January 2016 extending for a period of 5 months. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test. Results: The level of awareness about implant-supported mandibular overdentures was significantly less among the edentulous patients visiting Vivekanandha Dental College for Women in Namakkal district. Conclusions: Almost less than one-fourth of the edentulous population are aware of implant-supported overdentures, and nearly 71% of the population were not informed about this treatment option by their dentists, media, or friends which clearly reinforces the need for proper provision of information by the dentists to the population so that the awareness about dental implants reaches the unreached.


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