A GLOBAL VIEW ON DENTAL STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE REGARDING CLEANING CONVENTIONAL ACRYLIC DENTURES AND IMPLANT OVERDENTURES

Cristina Diana Rizea, Cristina Teodora Preoteasa, Claudiu Ciortea, Elena Preoteasa

ABSTRACT Aim of the study The aim of the pilot study is to identify and present a global perception of dental students‘ regarding their education in the field of cleaning conventional acrylic dentures and implant overdentures. Material and methods An online questionnaire consisting of 16 questions referring to cleaning conventional and implant-supported acrylic dentures was distributed to dental students in 32 countries using the European Dental Students‘Association network via email and Facebook over a period of three months. Results 129 dental students in 24 countries in Europe, Asia and America filled in the questionnaire, and 64 responses were validated. The students‘ responses indicate that they receive more information during faculty regarding cleaning conventional acrylic dentures compared to implant overdentures (79,6% vs 46,8%), and an important percentage of the students consider necessary to receive additional information on this topic (78,4%). Conclusions Within the limits of our study, an important number of dental students have not received information regarding cleaning of acrylic dentures and implant overdentures.
Key words: dentures, implant overdentures, cleaning, knowledge, dental students

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