Residents' perceptions of implant surgical training in advanced education in prosthodontic programs

Judy Chia Chun Yuan, Damian J. Lee, Kent L. Knoernschild, Stephen D. Campbell, Cortino Sukotjo

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess residents' perspectives on their implant surgical training in Advanced Education in Prosthodontic programs in the United States.Materials and Methods: Questionnaires were distributed to all prosthodontic residents (N = 442). The 27 questions assessed the subjective and objective aspects of implant surgical training from the view of prosthodontic residents. The data were compiled and reported as frequencies. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data.Results: One hundred and ninety-eight responses (44.8%) were received and analyzed. Forty-seven percent (94) of the respondents felt that the philosophy of their programs regarding implant placement in prosthodontics was " optional but encouraged," whereas 30% (60) felt that it was " mandatory." The majority of the respondents (73%, 144) stated that their programs allowed them to place implants for their own patients. For those respondents who placed their own implants, 40% (58) of them indicated that the level of their clinical training was " competent." Almost half of the respondents expressed that they would like to have a proficient level of clinical training in implant surgery by the completion of their residency programs. Forty-four percent (87) of the respondents felt their residency training adequately prepared them for implant surgery, whereas the other 37% (73) did not. For those who did not, 74% (55) felt their residency programs should have prepared them for implant surgical training.Conclusion: The current generation of prosthodontic residents has an opportunity to place implants in their programs and would like to be trained in surgical aspects of implant dentistry at the level of competency or higher.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-564
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Prosthodontics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Implant surgery
  • Implant training
  • Prosthodontics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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