RESEARCH ARTICLE


Knowledge, Awareness, and Practice of Gingival Veneer Prosthesis Among Dental Students, Interns, and Practitioners in the Riyadh Region: A Cross-Sectional Questionnaire-Based Survey



Abdul Qader Mohammed Altaleb1, Rayan Abdullah Albader1, Muhannad Abdulaziz Alfahad1, Mohammad Ghizzi Mohammad AlGhizzi1, Sami Aldhuwayhi2, Mohammed Ziauddeen Mustafa2, *, Amar Ashok Thakare2, Zuber Ahamed Naqvi3
1 College of Dentistry, Majmaah University, Al-Majmaah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Majmaah University, Al-Majmaah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Majmaah University, Al-Majmaah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Majmaah University, Al-Majmaah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; E-mail: moh.z@mu.edu.sa, drzia01@gmail.com


Abstract

Background:

The treatment modality of using gingival veneer prosthesis for anterior gingival recession is not widely known even in the dental fraternity. This survey has been conducted considering its essential nature and absence of data on its awareness in the Riyadh region.

Aims:

The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, awareness, and practice of gingival veneer prosthesis among dental students, interns, and practitioners in the Riyadh region.

Materials and Methods:

A descriptive cross-sectional electronic survey was conducted on dental students, interns, and practitioners of both genders in Saudi Arabia, using a convenient sampling method. The final questionnaire consisted of 12 questions. The percentage of various responses, with reference to the demographics, and statistical significance, were tested by independent sample t-test and p-value <0.05. The responses/data of 446 participants were tabulated and processed in SPSS (version 21.0).

Results:

The preferred treatment option for an anterior gingival recession proposed by prosthodontists was prosthetic correction (p<0.05), and for other groups, it was periodontal surgery (p<0.05). 66% of general practitioners’ group and 56% of dental students and interns’ group, respectively, were not sure about the ideal treatment option for Miller’s class III & IV gingival defects, while 70% of general practitioners’ group and 65% of the students and interns’ group, respectively, were not sure about the ideal treatment option for the management of gingival tissue loss between implants,.

Conclusion:

There is a significant lack of knowledge on using gingival veneer prosthesis as a treatment option for anterior gingival defects among general dental practitioners, interns, and dental students (p˂0.05).

Keywords: Gingival veneers, Awareness, Riyadh region, Dentists, Prosthodontists, Dentistry.