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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 170-175

Current trends in irrigation practice during endodontic treatment among general dental practitioners in Saudi Arabia

1 Department of Dentistry, King Faisal General Hospital, Hofouf, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Dammam Medical Complex, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
3 Dental Intern, Riyadh College of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammed Matooq Al-Ali
Department of Dental, King Faisal General Hospital, Hofouf
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sej.sej_4_18

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Aim: This study aims to determine the current trends in endodontic irrigation practice among general dental practitioners (GDPs) in Saudi Arabia. Methodology: An invitation to participate in a questionnaire was electronically sent to 500 affiliates of the Saudi dental association. The members were queried about the irrigation solution(s) they utilize, reasons affecting their selection of irrigant, the concentration of irrigant, the removal of smear layer, the use of an intracanal medicament, the depth of penetration and gauge of the needle used for irrigation, and participation in a course related to endodontic irrigation. Results: Two hundred and thirteen responses were obtained out of 500 questionnaires sent, 50 of the received questionnaires were answered by a non-GDP and were excluded from the study, leaving 163 responses (32.6%). Our result indicates that 92% of responders use sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) as their primary irrigant. The main concentration of used NaOCl was 0.5%–1.5% used by 36.8% of responders. 68.7% of responders claimed that they are aiming routinely to eliminate smear layer during root canal treatment. More than half of the participants did not attend any seminars in the field of endodontic irrigation after their scale. Conclusion: Most of the responders are using NaOCl as a primary irrigant, routinely removing the smear layer, and are using intracanal interappointment medicament. However, the consequences of this survey revealed that there is a big need to enhance and monitor the approach utilized by the dentist in Saudi Arabia.

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