February 22, 2011
Objective: We designed to determine the variables that
influence the adoption rate of implant technology amongst Canadian
Methods and Material: In this cross-sectional study,
an anonymous survey questionnaire was sent to all licensed Canadian
dentists, both general practitioners and specialists. A 3-part
questionnaire accompanied by a postage prepaid envelope was sent to all
licensed Canadian dentists. No second mailing was performed. The plan
was to measure the effects of age,gender,language, type of
specialties, ownership, association with other dentists, and the
location of practice on the adoption of dental implant technology.
Results: The multivariate regression analyses indicate
that the dentists’ gender, province of practice, specialty, and whether
they practice alone or in association with other practitioners are
significant factors associated with the adoption of implant technology
in providing both surgical and prosthetic aspects of implant therapy.
Female dentists provided significantly less implant prostheses than
their male counterparts (OR: 1.75, P < 0.05). Canadian dentists in
Atlantic regions were significantly less likely than those in other
provinces to surgically place an implant or restore implant prostheses
(OR: 0.34, OR: 0.30). In addition, those dentists who owned their
practices were 2.35 (P < 0.05) times more likely to provide implant
Conclusions: This study provides an evidence that the
rate of adoption of implant technology among Canadian dentists depends
mainly on practitioners’ age, practice ownership, and their specialties.
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