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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 436-439
Need of implant dentistry at undergraduate dental curriculum in Indian dental colleges


1 Branemark Osseointegration Centre India, Golden Plaza Complex, Gulbarga, India
2 Department of Pedodontics, S. Nijalingappa Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Gulbarga, India

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Ramesh Chowdhary
Branemark Osseointegration Centre India, Golden Plaza Complex, Gulbarga
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.87067

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Edentulism is the major problem in the developing countries, and is widely spread in the current population, although the prevalence is declining and incidence of tooth loss is decreasing in the developed nations. The prevalence of edentulism in India varies from 60% to 69% of 25 years and above age group. It is obvious that the number of lost teeth increases with age leading to an increase in prevalence of partially edentulous patients. From a biological point of view, the replacement of a single missing tooth with an implant rather than a three-unit fixed partial denture, and the implant-supported complete denture has been proved more efficient in improving the mastication and maintaining the bone for a longer time and also more cost-effective treatment. Many dental schools throughout Europe and America have to a various extent introduced implant dentistry as part of the compulsory undergraduate curriculum. Thus, it becomes more essential to introduce implant dentistry at undergraduate level in Indian dental schools to manage the higher percentage of edentulism.


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