1 Prosthetic Dental Sciences

2 Department of Dental Public Health, Identiti Dental Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

3 Dental College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,


BACKGROUND AND AIM: Increasing incidence of medically compromised patients seeking dental
treatment and implant rehabilitation, necessitates greater knowledge toward managing such patients.
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the perceptions of dental interns in Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia, toward dental implant therapy for medically compromised patients.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a convenience random sampling technique, a cross‑sectional
questionnaire‑based study was conducted to evaluate the perceptions of the interns from dental
schools in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Data pertaining to demographic details of the participants, academic
grade point average (GPA), clinical implant training and experience and perceptions about dental
implant therapy for medically compromised patients were collected.
RESULTS: 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.
CONCLUSION: Based on the results of the present study, it could be concluded that courses with a
greater emphasis toward management of dental patients with medical problems and undergraduate
implant training for such patients would result in better knowledge and perception among dental
interns regarding dental implant placement in medically compromised patients.


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