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Oral Implant Restorations By Undergraduate Students: An Up To 5-Years Clinical Outcome.

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PURPOSE: To clinically evaluate oral implant restorations placed by undergraduate students in the dental clinical curriculum at KU Leuven (Belgium) in terms of function and esthetics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective observational cohort study was designed. The esthetic and functional evaluations of implant-supported restorations placed in the framework of the undergraduate implant dentistry clinical training program using White/Pink Esthetic Score (WES/PES) and visual analog scale (VAS) scoring was performed. Furthermore, complications were registered based retrospectively on the patient's medical file. The following research questions were stipulated: (1) How well do implant-supported restorations placed by undergraduate students perform esthetically? and (2) Which complications occurred and how were these managed? RESULTS: Between August 2008 and July 2014 (6 academic terms), 251 implants (Brånemark System Mk III, Nobel Biocare) were placed in 113 patients by 155 students (> 40% of all students enrolled in the training program). Of these implants, 228 were restored in 101 patients by 118 students with varying restoration types. Esthetic scoring of the restorations in 83 of these patients revealed a satisfying mean WES of 8.14 ± 2.09 (out of 10) and PES of 9.56 ± 3.14 (out of 14). Complications were registered in 18.9% of the cases. DISCUSSION: Clinical training in implant dentistry for undergraduates contributes to the development of advanced skills in the dental student's Master education. Overall, patients were satisfied with their implant-supported restorations. Implant and restoration success rates and complication incidence were confirmed by long-term data in the oral implant literature.
Tijdschrift: International Journal of Prosthodontics
ISSN: 0893-2174
Issue: 4
Volume: 34
Pagina's: 433 - 440
Jaar van publicatie:2021