KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND PRACTICE OF LUMINEERS FOR ESTHETIC SMILE DESIGNING AMONG GENERAL DENTISTS AND UG, PG STUDENTS OF DENTAL SCHOOLS
- G. Preethi
Saveetha Dental College & Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical & Technical Sciences,
Saveetha University, Chennai – 600077, Email ID- firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Adimulapu Hima Sandeep
Associate Professor, Department of Conservative dentistry, Saveetha Dental College & Hospitals
Saveetha Institute of Medical & Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai – 600077
Email ID – email@example.com
Introduction: Recently esthetic dentistry has been influenced by the growing accessibility of media and online information and has become extremely demanding by the patients. The interest in dental ceramics has been multiplied because of the recently developed techniques and technologies. Ceramic lumineers are placed without removing the tooth structure in some instances. These esthetic smile designing techniques are indicated in multiple situations, such as discolored teeth, diastema closure, chipped or cracked teeth, minor misalignments and rotations of the anterior teeth, teeth reshaping, teeth with large cervical lesions.
Materials and Methods : The study setting was through an online survey among the dental population. There were a hundred participants involved in the survey. A questionnaire comprising 15 questions was posted on an online survey platform. The data collection was done through Google forms and data manipulation through MS Excel. The data obtained was plotted in the form of a bar graph. The statistical software used for the analysis included the SPSS software. Descriptive analysis was used. Correlation analysis was done by chi square test using the SPSS software.
Results and Discussion : In this study, 84% of the participants had knowledge on what a lumineer is and 16% of the participants didn’t have the knowledge. 69% of the participants responded that it helps in the closure of slight spaces between the teeth while 31% of the participants disagree with it. Correlation analysis was done between undergraduates and postgraduates students. Postgraduate students had more knowledge on the property of lumineers as 52% of the postgraduates have agreed that translucent property of lumineers is more than porcelain veneers while only 4% of the undergraduate students have agreed with it. P value was found to be 0.01 which is statistically significant.
Conclusion : From this study, it is understood that a majority of the undergraduate and postgraduate students have knowledge over lumineers and the various advantages of them. 84% of the participants had knowledge on lumineers.
Keywords : Lumineer ; veneer ; esthetic smile designing ; porcelain
Running Title : lumineers for esthetic smile designing among general dental population