Current Trends in Endodontic Treatment by General Dental Practitioners

Report of a United States National Survey

Gina M. Savani, Wael Sabbah, Christine Sedgley, Brian Whitten

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Abstract

Introduction In the United States almost 70% of root canal treatment (RCT) is performed by general dentists (GPs), yet little is known about their treatment protocols. Methods A paper survey was mailed to 2000 United States GPs with questions about the types of endodontic cases treated, routine treatment protocols, use of newer technologies, and endodontic continuing education (CE). Results Completed surveys were returned by 479 respondents (24%). GPs who perform RCT (84%) reported providing anterior (99%), bicuspid (95%), and molar (62%) RCT and retreatment (18%). Rubber dam was used always (60%), usually (16%), sometimes (13%), and never (11%). Newer technologies used by GPs included digital radiography (72%), magnification (80%), electronic apex locator (70%), and nickel-titanium rotary instrumentation (74%). Compared with GPs with >20 years of experience, those in practice for ¢10 years were more likely to use rubber dam (P 20 years were more likely to perform retreatments (P 5 hours of CE were more likely to use rotary instrumentation (P 20 years. More experienced GPs were more likely to take on complicated cases than those with fewer years of practice. There was no association between hours of CE and compliance with rubber dam usage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-624
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Endodontics
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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Rubber Dams
Dental Pulp Cavity
Endodontics
Continuing Education
General Practitioners
Tooth
Retreatment
Clinical Protocols
Radiographic Image Enhancement
Technology
Bicuspid
Dentists
Therapeutics
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • American Dental Association
  • endodontic therapy
  • endodontics
  • general practice
  • magnification
  • microscope
  • radiography
  • root canal
  • surveys
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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Current Trends in Endodontic Treatment by General Dental Practitioners : Report of a United States National Survey. / Savani, Gina M.; Sabbah, Wael; Sedgley, Christine; Whitten, Brian.

In: Journal of Endodontics, Vol. 40, No. 5, 2014, p. 618-624.

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