PREFERENCE OF TITANIUM VERSUS ZIRCONIA AS A MATERIAL IN DENTAL PRACTITIONERS: AN ORIGINAL RESEARCH
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 6, Pages 1482-1486
The purpose of the present research was to assess the knowledge as well as preference related to material of choice amongst various dental practitioners between titanium and zirconia.
The cross-sectional study was conducted where a set of questions was designed by the research group to form a questionnaire that covers the knowledge of the participants and their preferred material in various scenarios. The questionnaires were distributed online, electronically using Google forms to the dental practitioners and dental students. Dental students, interns, general practitioners, post-graduate students, specialists and consultants were included in the sample of this study. Statistical analysis was conducted where comparisons between the various groups were done utilizing the Chi-square test.
308 (80.2%) participants chose Titanium implants while only 26 (6.8%) participants chose Zirconia, and 40 (10.4%) participants didn’t know, while the remaining 2.6% chose other materials. Comparing the biocompatibility of the Titanium and the Zirconia implants, 174 (45.3%) participants chose that both materials have the same biocompatibility, 77 (20.1%) chose Titanium as being more biocompatible, and only 45 (11.7%) chose Zirconia as being more biocompatible.
Titanium was the top choice for every given scenario except if the implant was to be placed in the anterior esthetic zone; which indicates the awareness of the participants of the esthetic benefits that Zirconia implants
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