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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-29

Dentist's role in maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation: Outlook of undergraduate dental students of aimst university: A questionnaire-based study


1 Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, AIMST Dental Institute, AIMST University, Bedong, Kedah, Malaysia
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, AIMST Dental Institute, AIMST University, Bedong, Kedah, Malaysia
3 Undergraduate Dental Surgery Students, Faculty of Dentistry, AIMST Dental Institute, AIMST University, Bedong, Kedah, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Ajay Jain
Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, AIMST Dental Institute, AIMST University, Semeling 08100 Bedong, Kedah
Malaysia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/dmr.dmr_27_19

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Statement of Problem: Anecdotal evidence suggests that there is a lack of literature regarding the awareness of maxillofacial prostheses among dental students. Purpose: This study identifies the level of cognition of undergraduate dental students in various aspects of maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation using a questionnaire. Materials and Methods: A total of 180 undergraduate dental students were involved in the study for the analysis of a series of structured questionnaires, related to awareness of dentist's role in maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation. Results: The results of the study showed that 90% of the cohort were aware of a maxillofacial prosthesis. About 78% of the cohort had heard of various types of maxillofacial prosthesis. Only 18.3% and 28.9% of the cohort had knowledge that silicone elastomer and acrylic is used in the fabrication of such prosthesis, respectively, but 41.7% were not sure about it. About 80% and 86.1% of the cohort think that maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation is an alternative treatment option for plastic reconstructive surgery and maxillofacial prosthetists should be the team member of anaplastology team, respectively. Conclusions: The majority of the students were aware of maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation to a certain degree. This survey underlines the need for providing adequate awareness initiatives for dental students to further enhance their knowledge and exposure regarding this field of expertise.


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