Assessment of Practice of Endodontic Treatment Protocols among General Dental Practitioners in Pokhara, Nepal
Keywords:Endodontics, general dental practitioners, Treatment protocols
Introduction: Endodontics is specialty field, but the majority of endodontic treatment in Pokhara is provided by the general dental practitioners. The aim of this study was to assess the practice of endodontic treatment protocols among general dental practitioners in Pokhara, Nepal.
Materials and Methods: A cross sectional questionnaire based study was conducted among all the general dental practitioners working in various government, private hospital and clinic of Pokhara. Information about the materials and techniques used in endodontic treatment was collected and descriptive statistical analysis was done.
Results: Out of 89 respondents, only 82 completely filled the questionnaires which were included in the study. Most general dental practitioners (96.34%) regularly treat single rooted endodontic cases. Only 10.97% occasionally use rubber dam during endodontic treatment. Most general dental practitioners (96.34%) used radiographic technique for working length determination. Ninety two percent used stainless steel hand files and step back was the choice of technique by 90.24%. Sodium hypochlorite irrigation and calcium hydroxide intra canal medicaments were used by 93.9% and 98.78% of general dental practitioners respectively. 75.6% used zinc oxide eugenol as root canal sealer and 95.12% obturated root canals with lateral compaction technique. The common complication encountered was mid treatment pain. They seem to overuse antibiotics in cases requiring endodontic therapy. Only 52.43% used autoclave for sterilization of endodontic files. About 92.68% felt the need of further endodontic training and 74.39% preferred post graduate program.
Conclusion: This study indicates that many general dental practitioners of Pokhara are not following well acknowledged endodontic quality guidelines; hence there is a need for further endodontic training.
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