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Currently submitted to: Journal of Medical Internet Research

Date Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
Open Peer Review Period: Aug 20, 2017 - Oct 15, 2017

NOTE: This is an unreviewed Preprint

Quality of YouTube TM videos on dental implants

  • Ashraf Abu Karaky; 
  • Ahmed Hamdan; 
  • Mahmoud Nasif; 
  • Mohammad Noor; 
  • Yazan Hassona



Patients search YouTube for health-care information


To examine what YouTube offers patients seeking information on dental implants, and to evaluate the quality of provided information


A systematic search of YouTube for videos containing information on dental implants was performed. Video demographics and content’s usefulness were analyzed. “Information for patients” available from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, European Association of Osseointegration, and British Society of Restorative Dentistry were used for benchmarking.


A total of 117 videos were analyzed. The most commonly discussed topics were related to procedures involved in dental implantology (76.1%, no=89), and to the indications for dental implants (58.1%, no=78). The mean usefulness score of videos was poor (6.02 ±4.7 [range 0-21]), and misleading content was common (30.1% of videos); mainly in topics related to prognosis and maintenance of dental implants. Most videos (83.1%, n=97) failed to mention the source of information presented in the video or where to find more about dental implants.


Information about dental implants on YouTube is limited in quality and quantity. YouTube videos can have a potentially important role in modulating patients’ attitude and treatment decision regarding dental implants