Preserving Natural Teeth VS Implant Replacement: A Scenario Based Survey


  • Hadi M Alamri


Preserving Natural Teeth; Dental implant; root canal treatment.


OBJECTIVE: To assess the preference of general dentists and dentists from various specialties
regarding preservation of natural teeth vs. replacing it with an implant.
METHODOLOGY: A survey in the form of an electronic scenario-based questionnaire was designed and
the link was distributed among dentists from different specialties in Saudi Arabia over the duration of
two months from the 28
July to 28
September, 2019. Following the demographic questions,
participants were provided results of diagnostic aids for five clinical cases representing varying
challenges, and participants were asked to either preserve the tooth or replace it with a dental implant.
RESULTS: Total 203 participants completed the survey, 25% preferred implants over preserving the
tooth in the first case, while 52% had the same preference in the second case, and 68% preferred
extraction in the third case. The choice of extraction for cases 4 and 5 was 17% and 6% respectively.
CONCLUSION: Many teeth are being extracted which could have been conserved. Ethically, the patient’s
benefit and interest should be considered first while presenting various treatment options.




How to Cite

Alamri HM. Preserving Natural Teeth VS Implant Replacement: A Scenario Based Survey. J Liaq Uni Med Health Sci [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 29 [cited 2024 May 19];19(01):43-7. Available from: