Ikimi Nathan Ukuoghene1*, Amrore Irene2, Adetoye Johnson Obiniyi3 and Nwabueze Sylvester Ihieuwaro4
1Dental and Maxillofacial Department, State House Medical Center, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
2Barbara Castle Dental Practice, Broadley Road, Harlow Essex, United Kingdom
3Garki General Hospital, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
4Division Hospital, Nigeria Army, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Ikimi Nathan Ukuoghene, Dental and Maxillofacial Department, State House Medical Centre, Aso Rock, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria.
Received: November 27, 2017; Published: December 09, 2017
Citation: Ikimi Nathan Ukuoghene., et al. “Online Training in Implant Dentistry in Nigeria: An Aid to Improve Dental Practice”. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2.1 (2018).
Objective: This study would seek to find out the relevance of online (internet) training in implant dentistry as an aid to improve the skill and efficiency of the dentist treating patients that need implants and if the dentist in Nigeria would respond positively to such training which would be combined with mentorship.
Methods: This is an electronic survey using questionnaires consisting of structured questions which are both open-ended and close-ended sent via one of the dental “WhatsApp” group of the Nigeria Dental association with 61 members registered although, this is not the total number of dentist practicing in Nigeria. Responses were collected by a single operator; data was analysed using SPSS version 20 and a descriptive statistical analysis was carried out with level of statistical significance set at ≤ 0.05.
Results: The overall response rate was 90.2% (n = 55) consisting of 47.3% male dentists and 52.7% females; public service 61.8% and 38.2% in private practice. Dentists with previous implant training were 63.5% and 36.4% had no previous training. As few as only 9.1% felt confident in handling full mouth restoration with dental implants, while 87.3% would welcome a combination of online training and mentorship on implant dentistry.
Conclusion: Within the limitations of this study, online training with clinical mentorship to improve the skill and confidence of dental practitioners in implant dentistry has relevance in Nigeria and is an acceptable aid to training in implant dentistry however, this is not a substitute to clinical training and hands-on.
Keywords: Implant Dentistry; Nigeria; Online Training
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