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Endodontic performance by Flemish dentists: have they evolved?

Matthias Neukermans, Jacques Vanobbergen UGent, Mieke De Bruyne UGent, Maarten Meire UGent and Roeland De Moor UGent (2015) INTERNATIONAL ENDODONTIC JOURNAL. 48(12). p.1112-1121
abstract
AIM: To gather information on aspects of endodontic practice and referral behaviour by Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgian) dentists and to compare the results with an earlier investigation. METHODOLOGY: A postal questionnaire was distributed to 4468 active Flemish dentists. It consisted of multiple-choice questions on endodontic practice and endodontic referral need. Basic information on age, gender, year of qualification and clinical specialty was also obtained. The questionnaire was free of charge to return. Data were imported in a database, subjected to descriptive and analytical statistics and compared to those of an earlier, comparable survey. RESULTS: The response rate was 18.5%. Of all respondents, 95% were general practitioners. More than half (56%) of the respondents never or seldom used rubber dam during endodontic treatment. The use of sodium hypochlorite as an irrigant was well established (80% of respondents using it), whereas the use of EDTA was limited. Female respondents were more likely to refer to an endodontist than male (70 versus 49%). Referrals for treatment of root canal obstruction (48%), perforations and root resorption (42%) and retreatment (39%) were rated 'very important'. Younger respondents more frequently made use of magnification, rotary instruments and rubber dam. Activation of irrigants was incorporated by a small number of respondents (50% never, 12.6% seldom). Cold lateral condensation was used by most GDPs (35.3% always, 19.5% frequently). CONCLUSIONS: Endodontic practice of general dentists in Flanders did not always comply with quality guidelines. However, when comparing the present data with those of a previous study, an obvious trend towards a more present-day treatment protocol is noticeable, as well as an increased appeal for endodontic referral.
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root canal treatment, GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONERS, survey, general dental practitioner, endodontic referral, Belgium, TITANIUM ROTARY INSTRUMENTATION, HUMAN MANDIBULAR MOLARS, ROOT-CANAL TREATMENT, NICKEL-TITANIUM, PART 1, ULTRASONIC IRRIGATION, PERIRADICULAR DISEASE, CORONAL RESTORATIONS, APICAL PERIODONTITIS
journal title
INTERNATIONAL ENDODONTIC JOURNAL
Int. Endod. J.
volume
48
issue
12
pages
1112 - 1121
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000363885200002
JCR category
DENTISTRY, ORAL SURGERY & MEDICINE
JCR impact factor
2.842 (2015)
JCR rank
12/89 (2015)
JCR quartile
1 (2015)
ISSN
0143-2885
DOI
10.1111/iej.12409
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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5826020
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-5826020
date created
2015-01-27 16:10:51
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2016-12-19 15:47:17
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  abstract     = {AIM: To gather information on aspects of endodontic practice and referral behaviour by Flemish (Dutch-speaking Belgian) dentists and to compare the results with an earlier investigation.
METHODOLOGY: A postal questionnaire was distributed to 4468 active Flemish dentists. It consisted of multiple-choice questions on endodontic practice and endodontic referral need. Basic information on age, gender, year of qualification and clinical specialty was also obtained. The questionnaire was free of charge to return. Data were imported in a database, subjected to descriptive and analytical statistics and compared to those of an earlier, comparable survey.
RESULTS: The response rate was 18.5\%. Of all respondents, 95\% were general practitioners. More than half (56\%) of the respondents never or seldom used rubber dam during endodontic treatment. The use of sodium hypochlorite as an irrigant was well established (80\% of respondents using it), whereas the use of EDTA was limited. Female respondents were more likely to refer to an endodontist than male (70 versus 49\%). Referrals for treatment of root canal obstruction (48\%), perforations and root resorption (42\%) and retreatment (39\%) were rated 'very important'. Younger respondents more frequently made use of magnification, rotary instruments and rubber dam. Activation of irrigants was incorporated by a small number of respondents (50\% never, 12.6\% seldom). Cold lateral condensation was used by most GDPs (35.3\% always, 19.5\% frequently).
CONCLUSIONS: Endodontic practice of general dentists in Flanders did not always comply with quality guidelines. However, when comparing the present data with those of a previous study, an obvious trend towards a more present-day treatment protocol is noticeable, as well as an increased appeal for endodontic referral.},
  author       = {Neukermans, Matthias and Vanobbergen, Jacques and De Bruyne, Mieke and Meire, Maarten and De Moor, Roeland},
  issn         = {0143-2885},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL ENDODONTIC JOURNAL},
  keyword      = {root canal treatment,GENERAL DENTAL PRACTITIONERS,survey,general dental practitioner,endodontic referral,Belgium,TITANIUM ROTARY INSTRUMENTATION,HUMAN MANDIBULAR MOLARS,ROOT-CANAL TREATMENT,NICKEL-TITANIUM,PART 1,ULTRASONIC IRRIGATION,PERIRADICULAR DISEASE,CORONAL RESTORATIONS,APICAL PERIODONTITIS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {12},
  pages        = {1112--1121},
  title        = {Endodontic performance by Flemish dentists: have they evolved?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iej.12409},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2015},
}

Chicago
Neukermans, Matthias, Jacques Vanobbergen, Mieke De Bruyne, Maarten Meire, and Roeland De Moor. 2015. “Endodontic Performance by Flemish Dentists: Have They Evolved?” International Endodontic Journal 48 (12): 1112–1121.
APA
Neukermans, M., Vanobbergen, J., De Bruyne, M., Meire, M., & De Moor, R. (2015). Endodontic performance by Flemish dentists: have they evolved? INTERNATIONAL ENDODONTIC JOURNAL, 48(12), 1112–1121.
Vancouver
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Neukermans M, Vanobbergen J, De Bruyne M, Meire M, De Moor R. Endodontic performance by Flemish dentists: have they evolved? INTERNATIONAL ENDODONTIC JOURNAL. 2015;48(12):1112–21.
MLA
Neukermans, Matthias, Jacques Vanobbergen, Mieke De Bruyne, et al. “Endodontic Performance by Flemish Dentists: Have They Evolved?” INTERNATIONAL ENDODONTIC JOURNAL 48.12 (2015): 1112–1121. Print.