State of the oral implantology practice in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional survey
|Author/s||Salgado-Peralvo, Ángel Orión
Jiménez Guerra, Álvaro
Ortiz García, Iván
Moreno Muñoz, Jesús
Núñez Márquez, Enrique
Monsalve Guil, Loreto
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Estomatología|
|Abstract||Abstract: At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, strict measures of confinement and social
distancing were taken. Dentists were considered essential personnel and their activity was restricted
to emergency treatment. ...
Abstract: At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, strict measures of confinement and social distancing were taken. Dentists were considered essential personnel and their activity was restricted to emergency treatment. The present observational study aims to determine the situation of oral implantology practice in Spain during the initial period of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a crosssectional observational study based on the STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology) guidelines. An electronic survey consisting of three blocks of questions was sent to all members of the Spanish Society of Implants. The data were analyzed using descriptive analysis. A total of 237 participants (14.3%) responded to the questionnaire. The majority of participants (60.8%) only attended emergencies during the first 9 months of the pandemic. Despite this, 77.2% reported having performed dental implant surgeries and 75.5% indicated that they performed non-essential treatments. The activity was fully recovered by 64.1% of the surveyed dentists. The majority of dentists (90.7%) considered that sufficient/adequate preventive measures were carried out at their workplace, which possibly contributed to the fact that 49.3% were not afraid of becoming infected. This concern was significantly and directly proportionally associated with the age of the surveyed dentists. The oral implant practice was affected to a greater extent during the first 9 months of the pandemic, especially in urban areas, with a greater impact on the workload of professionals with less specialised training in oral implantology.
|Citation||Salgado-Peralvo, Á.O., Fernández-Cerero, D., García-Sánchez, Á., Kewalramani, N., Velasco-Ortega, E., Jiménez Guerra, Á.,...,Monsalve Guil, L. (2023). State of the oral implantology practice in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional survey. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 20 (3), 1743. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20031743.|