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      Impact of a "TED-Style" presentation on potential patients' willingness to accept dental implant therapy: a one-group, pre-test post-test study

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          A survey was conducted to assess the impact of a TED-like educational session on participants' willingness to accept dental implant therapy.


          Volunteers interested in having information about dental implant therapies were recruited and asked to complete a two-part survey before and after an educational session. The initial survey elicited demographic information, self-perceived knowledge on dental implants and willingness to this kind of treatment. A "TED-style" presentation that provided information about dental implant treatments was conducted before asking the participants to complete a second set of questions assessing the impact of the session.


          The survey was completed by 104 individuals, 78.8% were women and the mean age was 66.5±10.8. Before the educational session, 76.0% of the participants refused dental implants mainly due to lack of knowledge. After the educational session, the rejection of dental implants decreased by almost four folds to 20.2%.


          This study proved that an educational intervention can significantly increase willingness to accept treatment with dental implants in a segment of the population who is interested in having information about dental implant therapy. Furthermore, educational interventions, such as TED-like talks, might be useful to increase popular awareness on dental implant therapy.

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                J Adv Prosthodont
                J Adv Prosthodont
                The Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics
                The Korean Academy of Prosthodontics
                December 2015
                30 December 2015
                : 7
                : 6
                : 437-445
                [1 ]Private practice limited to Prosthodontics, Riyadh, KSA.
                [2 ]Division of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.
                [3 ]Division of Fixed Prosthodontics, School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.
                [4 ]Private practice limited to Prosthodontics, Riviera Maya, Mexico.
                [5 ]Private practice limited to Prosthodontics, Montreal, QC, Canada.
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Faleh Tamimi. Division of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Room M64, 3640 University Street, Montréal, QC H3A 0C7, Canada. Tel. 1 514 398 7203x09654, faleh.tamimimarino@

                Both authors contributed equally for this manuscript.

                © 2015 The Korean Academy of Prosthodontics

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                fear, dental education, treatment, acceptance, refusal, cost, dental implants


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