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KT Divya, Noof N Alshareef, Jehan H Alluhaybi, Zahur O Issa, Raghad M Shaheen, Khamarunissah Shaikh, Satish Gaduputi
Keywords : Attitude, Composite, Dentists, Knowledge, Practice, Survey
Citation Information : Divya K, Alshareef NN, Alluhaybi JH, Issa ZO, Shaheen RM, Shaikh K, Gaduputi S. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Dentists in Managing the Defective Direct Composite Restorations: A Questionnaire Survey. CODS J Dent 2021; 13 (2):36-39.
License: CC BY-NC 4.0
Published Online: 01-06-2022
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).
Objective: Understanding the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of dentists in Makkah province of Saudi Arabia regarding managing of the defective composite restorations either by repairing or replacing them and which materials are used for the same in their day-to-day practice. Methodology: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey consisting of 16 questions was developed and distributed electronically among 400 dental practitioners of Makkah province. Results: Three hundred and fifty-one responses were received. Seventy-five percent of the participants have been taught the indications for replacement and repair of dental restorations during their undergraduate level. While 87% of them practice repairing and replacing the old composite restorations during their daily practice, only 48% actually follow a specific criteria to evaluate the existing composite restoration in their practice. 27.7% of the dentists felt that the partial loss of restoration was the most common indication for the repair of composite restoration followed by marginal staining of the restoration 26.6%. While the clinical diagnosis secondary caries (45.9%) was the most common indication reported for the replacement of composite restoration in our study. The responses from the dentists who participated in our study revealed that the preservation of the tooth substance (23.5%) was the most common reason behind the decision of repair of composite restoration and was cost-effective (22.6%). Majority of our participants (66.5%) felt that repair of the restoration neither protects the pulp nor increases longevity of the remaining restoration. Regarding the most common material used to repair the old composite restoration almost all the participating dentists (92%) used different types of composite systems for repair of old composite restorations. Conclusion: Partial loss of the restoration was the most common reason for the repair of old restoration whereas secondary caries was the most common reason for replacement of restoration. Most of the dentists felt that the repair of the composite restoration preserved the tooth substance and was cost-effective. Different brands and types of composites were used in the replacement and repair of dental restorations. Though the majority of the dentists in the study have been taught the indications for replacement and repair of dental restorations during their undergraduate level and they do practice repair or replacement of composite restorations, following a specific criteria to evaluate the old or existing composite restoration must be emphasized and the students must be trained during their undergraduate level for the same.
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