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Dental implants placed by undergraduate students: clinical outcomes and patients'/students' perceptions

Stefan Vandeweghe (UGent) , Sebastiaan Koole (UGent) , Faris Younes (UGent) , Peter De Coster (UGent) and Hugo De Bruyn (UGent)
(2014) EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION. 18(suppl. 1). p.60-69
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Introduction: Implant dentistry in undergraduate education is predominantly theoretical or prosthetics oriented. Familiarity and clinical competence with implant surgery could provide students a better understanding of alternatives for tooth replacements. This paper describes a surgical implant programme for undergraduate students, clinical outcome, patients’ satisfaction and students’ perception. It reflects on barriers and problems encountered during implementation and provides suggestions for other institutions. Materials and Methods: Thirty-six students placed one implant each for a single tooth replacement after careful radiographic assessment and presurgical planning. One-stage surgery was performed under one-to-one supervision. Crowns were cemented on individual abutments 3-6 months later. Crestal bone loss was assessed radiographically immediately after surgery, at crown placement and after one year of loading. Questionnaires were used to investigate patients’ perspectives and students’ opinions towards the programme, as well as their perceived obtained level of competence. Results: Thirty-six implants were placed in 27 patients; two (5.6%) failed prior to loading; mean bone loss from time of surgery to crown placement was 1.41 mm and remained unchanged thereafter, reflecting implant success. Overall, patients were satisfied and the majority would redo the treatment by a student again. The students thought it was a valuable experience in their education, although they realised that additional training is necessary to perform implant surgery without supervision. Conclusion: Implant placement by undergraduate students resulted in acceptable clinical outcome parameters, patients’ satisfaction and positive students’ perceptions. These findings suggest the further development of clinical implant education in undergraduate dental curricula.
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clinical experience, implant prosthetics, dental curriculum, Dental implants, undergraduate education, assessment, patient satisfaction, PATIENT SATISFACTION, DENTISTRY CURRICULUM, EDUCATION, COMPETENCES, UNIVERSITY, CONSENSUS, PROGRAM

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Vandeweghe, Stefan, Sebastiaan Koole, FARIS YOUNES, Peter De Coster, and Hugo De Bruyn. 2014. “Dental Implants Placed by Undergraduate Students: Clinical Outcomes and Patients’/students' Perceptions.” European Journal of Dental Education 18 (suppl. 1): 60–69.
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Vandeweghe, S., Koole, S., YOUNES, F., De Coster, P., & De Bruyn, H. (2014). Dental implants placed by undergraduate students: clinical outcomes and patients’/students' perceptions. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION, 18(suppl. 1), 60–69.
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Vandeweghe S, Koole S, YOUNES F, De Coster P, De Bruyn H. Dental implants placed by undergraduate students: clinical outcomes and patients’/students' perceptions. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION. 2014;18(suppl. 1):60–9.
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Vandeweghe, Stefan, Sebastiaan Koole, FARIS YOUNES, et al. “Dental Implants Placed by Undergraduate Students: Clinical Outcomes and Patients’/students' Perceptions.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION 18.suppl. 1 (2014): 60–69. Print.
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  abstract     = {Introduction: Implant dentistry in undergraduate education is predominantly theoretical or prosthetics oriented. Familiarity and clinical competence with implant surgery could provide students a better understanding of alternatives for tooth replacements. This paper describes a surgical implant programme for undergraduate students, clinical outcome, patients{\textquoteright} satisfaction and students{\textquoteright} perception. It reflects on barriers and problems encountered during implementation and provides suggestions for other institutions.
Materials and Methods: Thirty-six students placed one implant each for a single tooth replacement after careful radiographic assessment and presurgical planning. One-stage surgery was performed under one-to-one supervision. Crowns were cemented on individual abutments 3-6 months later. Crestal bone loss was assessed radiographically immediately after surgery, at crown placement and after one year of loading. Questionnaires were used to investigate patients{\textquoteright} perspectives and students{\textquoteright} opinions towards the programme, as well as their perceived obtained level of competence.
Results: Thirty-six implants were placed in 27 patients; two (5.6\%) failed prior to loading; mean bone loss from time of surgery to crown placement was 1.41 mm and remained unchanged thereafter, reflecting implant success. Overall, patients were satisfied and the majority would redo the treatment by a student again. The students thought it was a valuable experience in their education, although they realised that additional training is necessary to perform implant surgery without supervision.
Conclusion: Implant placement by undergraduate students resulted in acceptable clinical outcome parameters, patients{\textquoteright} satisfaction and positive students{\textquoteright} perceptions. These findings suggest the further development of clinical implant education in undergraduate dental curricula.},
  author       = {Vandeweghe, Stefan and Koole, Sebastiaan and Younes, Faris and De Coster, Peter and De Bruyn, Hugo},
  issn         = {1600-0579},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION},
  keyword      = {clinical experience,implant prosthetics,dental curriculum,Dental implants,undergraduate education,assessment,patient satisfaction,PATIENT SATISFACTION,DENTISTRY CURRICULUM,EDUCATION,COMPETENCES,UNIVERSITY,CONSENSUS,PROGRAM},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {suppl. 1},
  pages        = {60--69},
  title        = {Dental implants placed by undergraduate students: clinical outcomes and patients'/students' perceptions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eje.12077},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2014},
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