Awareness and knowledge of tooth saving procedures in patients visiting the department of conservative dentistry and endodontics MM Dental College Ambala: A questionnaire-based study
Rajan Dhawan, Kartik Sharma, Surya Dahiya
Introduction: Conservative and Endodontics is the most common department which is visited by patients for treatment in dental college. Patient’s awareness and knowledge of tooth saving procedures like filling and root canal treatment is a very important issue is dental practice. A patient who is well-versed with procedures like filling and endodontic (root canal treatment) significantly influences the course and effects of treatment. Hence the aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge and awareness of patients regarding tooth saving procedures.
Material and Methods: A total of 100 participants responded including 42 males and 58 females. The study was done with the help of specially prepared questionnaire regarding knowledge and awareness of tooth saving procedures and were distributed to patients visiting the department of Conservative and Endodontics for treatment. The questionnaire comprised of 22 questions related to conservative and root canal treatment like pain of RCT, past experience, role of antibiotics in endodontic infections etc. The analysis of data was performed using methods of descriptive statistics.
Results: The results showed that 63% of the respondents indicated that previous painful experience was the most important concern associated with root canal treatment. 78% of the participants preferred root canal treatment over extraction. 40% preferred specialist for endodontic treatment. 67% of the participants answered that endodontic infections cannot be resolved only with antibiotics without endodontic treatment.
Conclusion: Knowledge and awareness of patients regarding common tooth saving procedures like filling and root canal treatment influence the decision-making and choice of treatment. The results of this study demonstrate the importance of integrating evidence-based practice concepts into teaching curriculum, continuous education courses and postgraduate studies. However, further studies are necessary to evaluate this trend.