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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 255-257

Public knowledge and perception regarding endodontic treatment in a Saudi population


1 Dental Intern, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Restorative Dentistry, Division of Endodontics, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hadi M Alamri
Department of Restorative Dentistry, Division of Endodontics, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_226_17

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Aim: The intent of this study was to assess the public's awareness regarding the importance of preserving natural dentition by investigating whether they prefer endodontic treatment versus a single tooth implant and to assess their knowledge and perception regarding the root canal treatment procedure itself. Materials and Methods: An electronic survey was sent out to the public throughout widely used social networks in Saudi Arabia, surveys excluded from the study were those filled by participants under the age of 18 and participants who work in a dental-related profession. Statistical analysis was done to test for significance. Results: Over 1000 participants have filled the survey, overall, the majority preferred endodontic treatment over implant replacement, however, there seems to be a misconception regarding the endodontic procedure, mainly in terms of the amount of pain during treatment and the number of visits required to complete the treatment. Conclusion: Based on the results of the study, it can be speculated that most of the treatments done were performed by less experienced clinicians, indicating the necessity to further indicate the referring system followed by practices, and the quality of treatment provided to the public.


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