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International Journal of Oral Health Dentistry


The trends of endodontic treatment and implant therapy among dental practitioners of Palestine: A survey


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Author Details: Hakam Rabi, Tarek Rabi

Volume : 2

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2395-499X

Print ISSN : 2395-4914

Article First Page : 171

Article End Page : 176


Abstract

Aim: No published data describes the dental implant and endodontic practice profile of general dental practitioners in Palestine. The main aim of the present study was to assess the practice profile of general dental practitioners in Palestine & their attitude towards endodontics and implants.
Methods: A survey of a sample of practicing dentists in Palestine who attended the 4th Palestinian Implantology conference was conducted with a 20 question questionnaire. 
Results: 123 participants were general dentists with several years of experience in clinical practice. The Z-test revealed no significant difference between root canal treatments completed by survey respondents presently and 3 years before. The more information dentists obtain from peer reviewed journals, the less likely they were to answer the prognosis of root canal treatment of a necrotic pulp was the same or better than implant therapy, which was statistically significant (p value 0.045).
Conclusion: Appropriate treatment must be based with the patient’s best interests and long-term quality of life. In view of the increased clinical acceptance and patient demand for dental implants, there is an associated need to provide further education in this field for both general dental practitioners and undergraduate and postgraduate dental students.

Keyword: Dental implants, Palestine, Endodontics