Only 58.9% of the participants stated that they received information concerning potential complications before treatment began. Among patients with known risk factors, such as diabetes and smoking, 48.2% indicated that they received advice specifically related to their risk. 41.8% received information regarding the longevity of the implant, and the majority declared that it would last for ten years. A large majority, 91.6%, reported that they were informed concerning the need of professional maintenance after the treatment, and the greater part of these reported an interval of six months. 59.3% were informed that implants need more attention than natural teeth.
Furthermore, 58% of the study population reported a change in their oral home care after the implant therapy; 42.2% with an increase in frequency, 40.6% using specific oral hygiene devices, while 16.8% implemented both. In respect to devices used for oral home care, a manual toothbrush was used the most, followed by interdental brushes and floss. A majority reported not having tried any oral hygiene device for implant care under supervision at the clinic, though 83.5% of the participants complied with maintenance visits.
Based on these figures, the authors state that the dental profession needs to evolve patient communication to achieve improved awareness and compliance.
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