A Comparative and a Qualitative Analysis of Patientís Motivations, Expectations and Satisfaction with Dental Implants ZC23-ZC26
Dr. Sphoorthi Anup Belludi,
K.L.E Societyís Institute of Dental Sciences, No. 20 Yeshwanthpur Suburb, II Stage, Tumkur Road, Bangalore Ė 560022, India.
Introduction: Dental Implants are the norm of todayís prosthetic and restorative dentistry but, is it the answer for edentulism that can affect both individualís appearance and functioning, therefore having an impact on the psychological and the social well being of the person is an ongoing quest. Also, patientís beliefs and personal expectations for dental implants vary, which may influence the treatment outcome, thus emphasizing the importance of a good clinicianĖpatient communication. Hence in this study a qualitative analysis was carried out with an earnest attempt to gain an insight into patientís motivations, personal expectations, satisfaction and impact of clinicianís motivation for implant maintenance.
Aim: To learn about patientís expectations and their level of satisfaction from dental implants. To know the impact of clinicianís instructions and motivation for implant maintenance, with the patientís level of understanding and compare the level of motivation for implant maintenance and care provided by a dentist with Bachelorís degree to a dentist with a Masterís degree.
Materials and Methods: A 30 systemically healthy patients who had undergone implant treatment (aged 25-65 years) were considered and divided into two groups: Group A: 15 patients in whom implant placement was done by a dentist with Bachelorís degree (24 years, 18 years in general and implant practice respectively) and Group B: 15 patients in whom implant placement was done by a dentist with a Masterís degree (Periodontics; 20 years,17 years in general and implant practice respectively). A qualitative analysis with the help of appropriate questionnaires comprising of multiple choice questions specifically designed for this purpose and few open ended questions was carried out with an earnest attempt to gain an insight into patientís motivations, personal expectations, satisfaction and impact of clinicianís motivation for implant maintenance.
Results: Patients motivations for seeking implants and their expectations of treatment differed. Dental implants had met the patientís pre-treatment expectations and they were satisfied. Variations in the knowledge on the maintenance of the implants by the patients and the kind of maintenance care provided by the dentists varied between the two groups.
Conclusion: In regard to the patientís compliance towards dental implants, a clinician must ensure that patients understand the different demands.