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Indian J Dent Res. 2019 Jan-Feb;30(1):21-26. doi: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_807_16.

Evaluation of knowledge regarding emergency management of avulsed traumatic dental injuries in children among general dental practitioners in India.

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1
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, KMSDCH, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
2
Department of Public Health Dentistry, KMSDCH, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
3
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofascial Orthopedics, KMSDCH, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

Abstract

Context:

Traumatic dental injuries (TDIs) leading to dental avulsion occur very frequently in society. Management of avulsion is critical for the dentist, as it requires appropriate knowledge.

Aim:

The study was conducted to evaluate the knowledge of the general dental practitioners (GDPs) regarding the emergency management of TDI leading to avulsion in children.

Setting and Design:

Questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey design was utilized to assess the knowledge.

Subjects and Methods:

Data for this cross-sectional survey were collected through questionnaires from July to September 2014. A total of 278 GDP were contacted and requested to fill a pretested questionnaire to assess the knowledge regarding tooth avulsion. The GDPs were grouped on the basis of their educational qualification and years of clinical experience.

Statistical Analysis Used:

Chi-square test was used for intra- and inter-group comparison.

Results:

A total of 224 (80.57%) GDPs consented to participate in the survey. Markedly low knowledge levels were noted in the sample irrespective of educational qualification and years of experience with respect to replantation of the avulsed primary tooth, holding the root instead of the crown, choice of appropriate storage medium for transportation of avulsed teeth, use of medications, and splinting type and time. Clinical experience and higher educational qualification of GDPs revealed statistical significant difference in the methods of management for TDI leading to avulsion.

Conclusion:

Higher professional education and added clinical experience were associated with better knowledge in the management of TDI leading to avulsion. The finding warrants the need for informative educational programs to update and boost the knowledge of practicing dentists regarding emergency management of avulsed teeth.

KEYWORDS:

Avulsion; general dental practitioner; traumatic dental injuries

PMID:
30900651
DOI:
10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_807_16
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