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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 282-286

Knowledge, attitude, and practice of general dental practitioners toward following proper standards of endodontic practice and use of latest technology in Dehradun: A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Private Practitioner, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Dentistry, Govt Doon Medical College and Hospital, Dehardun, Uttrakhand, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Private Practitioner, Cementum Dental Care, Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India
5 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Seema Dental College and Hospital, Rishikesh, Uttrakhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Devashish Singh Sawai
Department of Dentistry, Govt Doon Medical College and Hospital. Dehardun, Uttrakhand
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_751_19

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Background: Choosing latest technology for the treatment improves the chances of favorable prognosis and saves the time of the clinician; hence, the aim of the study was to explore their knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) toward following proper standards of endodontic practice and use of latest technology. Materials and Methods: The present study was a cross-sectional, descriptive questionnaire study conducted among general dental practitioners (GDPs). The survey was conducted among 156 GDPs. In the present study, a close-ended interview schedule was prepared to test the KAP of GDPs. Results: For diagnosis, most of the study participants (58 [37.08%]) relied on case history and radiograph. Apex locator was used by 71 (45.51%) of the study subjects. Among all the study participants, 58 (37.17%) dental practitioners used rotary nickel–titanium (NiTi) files with normal saline and preheated disinfectants for cleaning and shaping of root canal. It was observed that the knowledge of majority of the dental practitioners was fair (58 [37.17%]). However, the attitude and practice toward following proper standards of endodontic practice and use of latest technology were poor. Conclusion: It was concluded that very few general practitioners used the latest technology in endodontics. Knowledge was fair while attitude and practice regarding following proper standards of endodontic practice and use of latest technology were poor among study participants.


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