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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 88-94

Attitude and opinions of general dental practitioners, pedodontists, and endodontists toward regenerative endodontics in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


1 Department of Endodontics, North of Riyadh Dental Center, MOH, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dental, Khamis Mushayt General Hospital, MOH, Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Dental, King Saud Medical City, MOH, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Rabwa Primary Care, MOH, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mashael Al-Shahrani
Department of Endodontics, Northern Riyadh Dental Complex, Ministry of Health, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sej.sej_88_19

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Introduction: The aim of this survey study was to interpret the level of awareness, attitude, knowledge, and viewpoint toward regenerative endodontic treatments among general dental practitioners, pedodontists, and endodontists. Materials and Methods: A self-administered short questionnaire comprising 20 questions was circulated through WhatsApp mobile application among general dental practitioners, pedodontists, and endodontists of all the regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The questionnaire consisted of four parts: demographic information, professional status, ethical opinions/beliefs, and information regarding clinical practice. The answers were tabulated and statistically analyzed. Results: A total of 311 duly filled-in questionnaires were received. The majority of the respondents were male (69.1%). Only one-third (38.3%) had received continued education in stem cells and/or regenerative dental treatments (P = 0.000). Two-thirds (75.6%) of the respondents were willing to save teeth/dental tissue and incorporate regenerative endodontic treatments in dental practice. The results suggested that one-third (33.8%) of the respondents were already using some kind of regenerative endodontic procedure in their clinical practices (P = 0.000). Conclusions: The level of awareness regarding the stem cell and regenerative dental procedures was low among the respondents in general.


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