Dental student perceptions of predoctoral implant education and plans for providing implant treatment

Judy Chia Chun Yuan, Linda M. Kaste, Damian J. Lee, Rand F. Harlow, Kent L. Knoernschild, Stephen D. Campbell, Cortino Sukotjo

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This study aims to identify dental students' perceptions of pre-patient care laboratory exercises (PCLEs) and clinical experiences that influence their future plans for providing implant care. One of two questionnaires was administered to dental student classes at one dental school (D2: Survey 1; D3 and D4: Survey 2). Future plans as graduates to provide implant diagnosis and treatment planning (DxTP), restoration of single-tooth implants (STIs), and implant-retained overdentures (IODs) were cross-sectionally assessed along with potential influences such as PCLE, clinical experiences, gender, and class. The majority of students planned to provide implant services after graduation (DxTP 68.9 percent; STI 61.2 percent; IOD 62.1 percent). Bivariately, males reflected more preparedness from PCLEs than females (p=.002) and the D2 students more than D3 and D4 students (p < .001). Multivariate models revealed the perceived preparedness from PCLEs generally had the strongest association with future plans for performing implant therapy. However, this varied by gender and class. These findings indicate that PCLEs are important for their influence on students' future plans to provide implant therapy. However, further studies are needed to validate actual PCLEs and clinical implant practices (both longitudinally and for other schools) and to determine educational interventions to optimize the provision of implant care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)750-760
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental education
  • Dental implants
  • Dental students
  • Intention
  • Perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Dentistry(all)


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