INCIDENCE OF USE OF ELECTRONIC APEX LOCATOR IN PRIMARY DENTITION AMONG SPECIALIST PRACTITIONERS OF WEST BENGAL
*Dr. Asmita Paul, Dr. Amitabha Chakraborty, Dr. Bibhas Dey, Dr. Sinjana Jana, Dr. Snehasish Basu and Dr. Krishnendu Bhowmick
Proper maintenance of the integrity of the primary dentition until physiologic exfoliation is of prime importance as far as treating young patients are concerned. The deportation of the microorganisms, pulp tissue and necrotic material is requisite for endodontic success .This can only be accomplished if the length of the tooth and the root canal working length is determined with accuracy. Failure in determination of a working length can compromise the result, thus numerous techniques including tactile sensation, radiographs and Electronic apex locator are used routinely. The present study. Aim-to find out the use of Electronic apex locator in primary dentition among the specialist practitioners of West Bengal based on a questionnaire based survey. Result-The survey results concludes that 71.9% dental practitioners finds usage of Electronic apex locator in primary dentitions effective. Hence root canal procedures should remain limited within the confine of the canal with logical endpoint for preparation with obturation being the narrowest part of the canal, Conclusion- Hence It is necessary to combine radiographic and electronic techniques in order to arrive at the desired apical terminus of endodontic preparation in order to achieve the highest degree of accuracy in working length determination.
Keywords: Electronic apex locator, primary dentition, dental practitioners, working length determination.
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