A questionnaire study on the impression techniques used for implant den-tistry by different practitioners
Prosthodontic planning is an essential part to arrive at a good prognosis for the dental implant. The main goal of an implant impression is to accurately relate an implant or the abutment of the implant to other structures in the dental arch.Replicating the oral cavity and transferring it to a laboratory setting for implant fabrication is technique sensitive but it is essential for the success of an implant In a implant impression , impression copings are utilized which is attached to the abutment or the implant. Various techniques have been suggested to for precise impression making to achieve an accurate master cast. To assess the awareness and practice of the impression techniques used for implant dentistry by different practitioners. A standard questionnaire is distributed to dental practitioners and students of different colleges. Around a 62 dental practitioners were chosen by random sampling and given to those who are willing toparticipate. This research focuses on impression materials and the various impression techniques that can beused in implant restorations with note on recent advances in implant impressions. 88.71% of the dentists feel that special components are required for an implant impression and majority believe that the level at which the impression should be taken depends on many factors. Majority believe that an FPD like impression is sufficient for a cement retained FPD and also the fact that implant level impression can be taken for multiple angulated implants. Majority of the dentists support the fact that multiple implants should be splinted before an impression and the most accepted material for an implant is addition silicone. It can be concluded from the survey that, most of the dentists follow the well-documented technique and proven materials, which have been documented in the literature and in an evidenced based practice, thus delivering the best to their patients.