GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONERS' CONFIDENCE IN PERFORMING MOLAR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

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Mariam Abdullah Zeti Adura Che Ab Aziz Roslan Saub N Murat E Sulaiman N Hashim N H Mohamad Azmi

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The objectives of this study were to assess the practice of molar root canal treatment (RCT) among general dental practitioners (GDPs), confidence level of GDPs in performing molar RCT and to identify factors that influence their confidence in managing molar RCI. One hundred questionnaires were distributed to GDPs in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Fifty questionnaires were delivered by mail and the remaining fifty were hand-delivered. All data was coded and verified. Fifty six OOPs rcsponded to the questionnaires. Only forty five questionnaires were accepted (n=45) as eleven OOPs had never performed molar RCI. Most of the OOPs followed the standard quality guidelines while performing molar RCT except for vitality testing (36.4%) and rubber dam usage (27.3%). In this study, 100% of the GDPs were confident in making diagnosis of perinidicular diseases and 95.4% were confident in performing molar RCT from history taking until obturation. Patients' tolerance and availability of instruments and materials (97.7%) were two factors that most influence the GDPs' confidence level. The least influcncing factor was undergraduate training (78.1 %). Attending seminars and lectures on endodontic, large number of molar teeth treated for ReT, patLents' affordability to pay for RCT and postgraduate training also influencc GDPs' confidence to a certain degree. From this study, it can be concluded that majority of OOPs complied standard quality guidelines except for vitality testing and rubber dam usage. Most of them were confident in performing molar RCT and were greatly influenced by the availability or"instruments and materials in their clinic and patients' tolerance in receiving molar RCI.

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ABDULLAH, Mariam et al. GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONERS' CONFIDENCE IN PERFORMING MOLAR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT. Annals of Dentistry University of Malaya, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 1, p. 9-14, june 2018. ISSN 2462-2060. Available at: <https://adum.um.edu.my/article/view/13746>. Date accessed: 16 june 2019.
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