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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-50

Frequency of complications during endodontic treatment: A survey among dentists of the town of Abidjan

1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Félix Houphouët Boigny University, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Research Center of Health Sciences (UFR/SDS), Joseph KI-ZERBO University, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Marie-Chantal Avoaka-Boni
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Félix Houphouët Boigny University, Abidjan, 22 BP 612, Abidjan 22, Côte d'Ivoire
West Africa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sej.sej_60_19

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Introduction: The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of the occurrence of endodontic complications according to the dentists of the town of Abidjan and to identify the various types encountered so as to prevent them. Materials and Methods: This was a descriptive, cross-sectional prospective study. A survey form was randomly distributed to 150 dentists working in 128 private and public dental clinics in the town of Abidjan. The dentists were asked about the daily average number of patients treated, the frequency with which canal treatments were performed, and the complications encountered by dentists. The information collected was analyzed by means of EPI Info version 06.01 software. Results: A total of 135 dentists replied to the questionnaires; nearly all of them (94.8%) stated that they had encountered complications during endodontic treatment. Canal wall damage represented 54.68% of the complications when generating the access cavity. Fracturing of instruments was a frequent occurrence during exploring the root canal (72.58%) and during canal shaping (55.47%). Overfill of the gutta-percha cone and/or the cement for obturation was the complication that occurs most with canal obturation (55.47%). Flare-up without swelling was often encountered postoperatively (81.49%). Conclusion: Complications occurring during endodontic therapy remain a concern. Their prevention necessitates rigorous adhesion to the treatment protocols.

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