Oral Implantology Education in the Dental Colleges of Pakistan


Farhan Raza Khan1                   BDS, MCPS, MSc, FCPS
Maham Muneeb Lone2            BDS



OBJECTIVES: To explore the status of Implantology teaching at the dental colleges in Pakistan and to assess the topics in Implant dentistry that isbeing overlooked in the present curriculum.

METHODOLOGY: A questionnaire was distributed to 50 dental faculty members in 20 dental institutions across Pakistan. Information on implant education methods, format of teaching and assessment was obtained. Data was analyzed using SPSS 19.0. Descriptive statistics were computed.

RESULTS: We received 33 completed forms; hence the response rate was 66%. In most institutions implantology education was introduced in the last 10 years. Twenty three respondents (out of 33) reported frequent implant placement in their institutions, only 17 (74%) reported that they allow students to observe implant surgeries. Lectures (64%) were the mainstay of teaching implantology at undergraduate institutions.

CONCLUSIONS: Oral Surgeons are primarily responsible for implant education at undergraduate level; hence the subject teaching is Surgery oriented. Implant education started in most institutions in last 5-10 years. Topics such as implant prosthetics, bone regeneration and grafting are poorly covered in the current curriculum.

KEYWORDS: Dental Implant; Education; Curriculum.

HOW TO CITE: Khan FR, Lone MM. Oral Implantology Education in the Dental Colleges of Pakistan. J Pak Dent Assoc 2016; 25(4): 137-42

Received:16 October 2016, Accepted: 25 December 2016