Objective: To determine the prevalence of dental implants among the Air Force basic military trainees and to radiographically identify the type of dental implant systems. Methods: All digital panoramic radiographic images acquired from Oct 1, 2006 through July 31, 2007 of newly recruited Air Force trainees were evaluated for evidence of dental implants. The following data were collected: total number of implants per radiograph, gender and age of subjects, implant location, type of implant retention method, and restorative implant status. The implants identified were categorized as Nobel Biocare/3i type or non-Nobel Biocare/3i type. Results: A total of 47 radiographs were identified with 63 dental implants being detected out of 26,293 panoramic radiographs surveyed. Of the 63 identified dental implants, 34 were Nobel Biocare/3i type and 29 were non-Nobel Biocare/3i type. Conclusions: The prevalence of dental implants among Air Force basic military trainees was 0.24% with 54% of the implants being identified as Nobel Biocare/3i type.
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- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health