AWARENESS AMONG DENTAL PRACTITIONERS ABOUT MANAGEMENT OF AN AVULSED TOOTH: A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY
Dr. Nilabja Roy*, Dr. Amitabha Chakraborty, Dr. Bibhas Dey, Dr. Sinjana Jana and Dr. Debasis Jana
Objectives (stating the main purposes and research question): The aim of this survey was to investigate the knowledge among general practitioner dentists about the emergency management of an avulsed tooth. Materials and Methods: A 21-itemed questionnaire was prepared related to the demographic and knowledge-based data concerning dental trauma, preliminary management, diagnosis and treatment of an avulsed tooth, and was distributed among the general dentists in Haldia and Kolkata. Results: It was seen that there is an uneven pattern of knowledge about avulsion among general dentists. Conclusions: There is a need for improving the knowledge regarding trauma according to the current guidelines for emergency treatment among the general dentists which can be done by conducting awareness program in order to improve the understanding about storage, transport and treatment of avulsed tooth among common people and dental practitioners. Clinical Relevance: Avulsion of permanent tooth is one of the most serious dental traumatic injuries. An avulsed tooth is a term used by dentists to describe a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket. Prompt and correct emergency management is essential for attaining the best outcome for an avulsed tooth. Management of traumatic injuries sometimes present themselves as a challenge to a non-specialized dentist, as they may occur when the dentist is least prepared for it.
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