Keywords : Dental education
KNOWLEDGE OF PROSTHODONTIC POSTGRADUATES ABOUT DIGITAL DENTISTRY AND ITS ROLE IN PROSTHODONTIA: AN ORIGINAL RESEARCH
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 7161-7166
Aim: The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge of prosthodontics postgraduates about digital dentistry and its role in prosthodontia. Methods: Electronic based questionnaire was distributed among a total of 250(n=250) postgraduate students in India. Responses were obtained from four groups: Demographic details of students, Role and Benefits of digital dental technologies, Barriers towards the implementation of technology, and impact of digital dentistry in dental education. The data were analyzed using SPSS 12.0 software with significance levels set at P < 0.05. Results: Two hundred students (80%) responded to the survey. Most of the respondents did
not use any part of a digital workflow, and the main barriers to use were initial costs and a lack of perceived benefit over conventional methods. Conclusions: Though the usage of digital technology was limited by barriers, however, most respondents found digital technologies to be useful in fabricating definitive prosthesis with enhanced clinical outcomes and positive patient response.