|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
Implant dentistry in India: Where should it head?
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dental Implants; ProSmile Dental Clinic and Implant Centre, Dr. L. H. Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Web Publication||25-Jul-2018|
Dr. Sharat Shetty
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Dental Implants; ProSmile Dental Clinic and Implant Centre, Dr. L. H. Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Shetty S. Implant dentistry in India: Where should it head?. J Dent Implant 2018;8:1-2
Implant dentistry has seen huge pace of progress during last 40 years in the west and has made tremendous inroads in India too. Newer technologies and materials have also found takers. Unfortunately without adequate mentor-based training and research, this has led to rampant and incorrect use of them with little or no follow-ups. Implant dentistry has remained an exciting science for the newbies in clinical practice but many experienced practitioners are fazed by the long-term outcomes of implants done in the past as opportunities and challenges were grabbed with no judicious foresights. Social media-driven education has added to the confusion and clear interpretations as they are case-specific and long-term appraisals are missing.
There is a strong need for the leadership, educators and individual clinician to improve this situation. Consistent and persistent educational program for clinicians based on the established norms of practice of implant dentistry rather than industry-driven procedures should be conducted with emphasis on frequent appraisals. Achieving optimum oral health with implants with predictable oral functions rather than just survival and success should be the goal. Even the most advanced techniques, materials and innovations cannot ensure this, if their judicious applications are not understood and used. There has to be a paradigm shift from treating a type of edentulism with procedures to instituting ones that affect overall health of the patients.
There is a strong need to improve the knowledge and expertise to keep abreast with rapid and frequent changes around us but more important is to critically assimilate them, dissect them and effectively harness them for the betterment of the patient. But this pursuit should be persistent and consistent.
Study club activities seems to be one such activity where frequent meetings amongst the clinicians keep the flame burning and keeps this goal relevant always. This is in tune with what Benjamin Franklin said “Tell me and I will forget. Teach me and I will remember. Involve me and I will learn”. Since all participants are involved in the discussions and the solutions are reflective of all present, improving the quality of care given by each of them. Indian Society of Oral Implantologists (ISOI) has been in the forefront in this direction and the head-office compliments the organizers of Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Thiruvananthapuram and Vishakhapatnam for their study club initiatives and continuum. The aim is to have pools of thoroughbred implant dentists in India to deliver quality care comparable to the best in the world. Many more geographic locations should start this important activity for the clinicians of those areas to percolate this science and benefits to the local patients.
The following need to be followed for maintaining the quality of care and reliable professionalism
- Change from financially-focussed care to patient-focussed therapies
- Information to patients about the whole treatment to assist patients to make informed decisions
- Continuously upgrade skills, equipment and materials to ensure better standard of care by appropriate training of all the personnel involved in delivery of care
- Maintain records preferably digitally to safeguard interests of all parties.
There is also an alarming concern regarding the lack of sufficient original work or research in the field of implant dentistry in India. With one of the largest population in the world and hence a large base of patients with missing teeth, we need evidence-based quality therapies and cost-effective, yet safe solutions established for this group of patients. ISOI has earmarked resources to encourage academicians and practitioners to undertake relevant research work to contribute to this extremely biologically-sensitive and evolving science of implant dentistry and make a mark in the global map.
The mission of this journal is to publish the research, timely-reviews and expert opinions of the investigators so that they can be translated to clinical scenarios for satisfying and durable outcomes.
So, let us embark for the change.
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