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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 134-137

The use of dental operating microscopes by endodontists in the Middle East: A report based on a questionnaire


1 Department of Restorative Dental Science, Endodontics, College of Dentistry, Riyadh; Department of Restorative Dental Science, College of Dentistry, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Endodontics, Resident, Saudi Endodonic Board, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Restorative Dental Science, Endodontics, College of Dentistry, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Restorative Dental Science, College of Dentistry, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mansour Alrejaie
Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics, Assistant Professor, KSAU-HS College of Dentistry, Division Head, NGHA-Endodontics, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1658-5984.155453

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine how the Dental Operating Microscope (DOM) is currently being accepted for usage by endodontists in the Middle East. Materials and Methods: A one-page letter and auto-return upon completion computer-based questionnaires were e-mailed to most of the active members of the Middle Eastern endodontic associations. Results: Out of the 47% that are using the DOM, only 35% answered yes to using the DOM as much as anticipated. The reasons for not using the DOM as much as anticipated were positional difficulties (80%) and increased treatment time (75%). The majority of endodontists reported that they always use it during retrieval of separated instruments, negotiating calcified canals and surgical treatment. Conclusions: The findings revealed that endodontists in the younger age-groups are more accepting of the DOM. It was also found that the endodontists that are using the DOM in their practice are not using it as often as they anticipated.


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