Dental implant practice among Hong Kong general dental practitioners in 2004 and 2008

Implant Dent. 2011 Feb;20(1):95-105. doi: 10.1097/ID.0b013e31820031fa.


Objective: To describe the dental implant practice profile of Hong Kong general dental practitioners in 2008 and the trend since 2004.

Materials and methods: A self-administered questionnaire was mailed to 630 dentists through systematic sampling of registered dentists.

Results: A total of 290 completed questionnaires were returned (response rate, 53%). Implant dentistry was practiced by 61% of the respondents. The survey also revealed that 84% of those respondents who own their private practice performed implant dentistry. About half of the dentists (49%) who performed implant dentistry placed or restored 5 or more implants per quarter. Among those dentists not practicing implant dentistry, the majority (85%) were interested in attending continuing education courses in dental implantology.

Conclusion: There has been a significant increase in the number of general dental practitioners practicing implant dentistry in Hong Kong since 2004. By 2008, more than half of the general dental practitioners (61%) are practicing implant dentistry. Most of them not practicing implant dentistry expressed a desire to learn more about dental implants. This survey revealed a high demand for continuing professional development in implant dentistry in Hong Kong.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence / statistics & numerical data
  • Dental Implantation / education
  • Dental Implantation, Endosseous / statistics & numerical data*
  • Dental Implants / statistics & numerical data*
  • Dental Prosthesis, Implant-Supported / statistics & numerical data
  • Dentists / psychology
  • Dentists / statistics & numerical data
  • Education, Dental, Continuing / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • General Practice, Dental / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Practice Patterns, Dentists' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Private Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Professional Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Dental Implants