- Evaluation of the implant-related restorative undergraduate programme at ACTA, the Netherlands. Part I: students' satisfaction
- European Journal of Dental Education
- Volume | Issue number
- 20 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
Introduction: Due to the increasing use of dental implants, many future dentists will encounter implant-related procedures in general practice. Over the past decade, implant dentistry is more and more often included in undergraduate curricula. Very little is known about students' satisfaction regarding implant-related undergraduate programmes, as minimal analyses are performed. In particular, a lack of information exists regarding programmes where undergraduates restore implants. This study describes an evaluation of the students' satisfaction regarding the implant-related restorative undergraduate programme at ACTA, the Netherlands.
Material and methods: After clinical examination and establishment of the treatment plan, undergraduates were required to assist postgraduate implantology students during surgery. All patients received Straumann (Basel, Switzerland) implants. The restorative phase of the treatment was subsequently performed by the undergraduates. A students' questionnaire was developed. All questions were exclusively on the restorative part of the implant-related programme.
Results: In total, 90 patients were treated by 78 undergraduates. 146 Straumann implants were restored with 121 restorations. The most common restoration was a single crown (80.2%), followed by three-unit fixed partial dentures (12.4%). The questionnaires showed a high rate of students' satisfaction concerning the restorative implant programme. Students replied they think they can manufacture an implant-supported crown or FDP without supervision after following the programme. In their opinion, the existence of the restorative programme should definitely be continued.
Conclusion: According to positive student perceptions, an implant-related restorative programme should be recommended for implementation in undergraduate dental curricula. The programme at ACTA could be used as a template for other universities.
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