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Knowledge and attitude of elderly persons towards dental implants

Published inGerodontology, vol. 29, no. 2, p. e914-923
Publication date2012

Background: Despite their unrivalled place in restorative treatment, dental implants are still scarcely used in elderly patients. Introduction: The aim of this survey was therefore to identify potential barriers for accepting an implant treatment. Materials and methods: Participants were recruited from a geriatric hospital, two long-term-care facilities and a private clinic. The final study sample comprised 92 persons, 61 women and 31 men with an average age of 81.2 ± 8.0 years. In a semi-structured interview, the participants' knowledge of implants and attitude towards a hypothetical treatment with dental implants were evaluated. Results: Twenty-seven participants had never heard of dental implants, and another 13 participants could not describe them. The strongest apprehensions against implants were cost, lack of perceived necessity and old age. Univariate and multiple linear regression analysis identified being women, type and quality of denture, having little knowledge on implants and being hospitalised as the risk factors for refusing implants. However, old age as such was not associated with a negative attitude. Conclusion: The acceptance of dental implants in the elderly population might be increased by providing further information and promoting oral health in general. Regardless of the age, dental implants should be placed when patients are still in good health and live independently.

  • Knowledge
  • Attitude
  • Age
  • Risk factor analysis
  • Dental implants
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MULLER, Frauke et al. Knowledge and attitude of elderly persons towards dental implants. In: Gerodontology, 2012, vol. 29, n° 2, p. e914–923. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2011.00586.x
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