The Management of Challenging endodontic cases by final year dental undergraduates.
Management of Challenging endodontic cases by final year dental undergraduates
AIM: Study was aimed at understanding the level of confidence of final year undergraduates of a named dental school in managing challenging cases and complications that may arise during endodontic procedures.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study that employed a self-administered questionnaire. Information collected included socio-demographic data, satisfaction with the required number of endodontic procedures before graduation, confidence in carrying out endodontics on some challenging cases. Confidences of the students were measured using a 5 point Likert scale.
Data Analysis: The data were analyzed using SPSS Version 20. Frequencies and means were used for continuous variables. Level of significance was set at ≤ 0.05.
Result: Thirty-five (18 males and 17 females) final year undergraduates with a mean age of 25.2 years ± 2.8 SD participated in the study. Only 9; 25.7% of the participants were not satisfied with the requirement to be met before graduation and major reason was an inadequate number of patients (44.4%). The majority (over 70%) of the participants had little or no confidence in most of the challenging cases such as inter appointment flare up, broken instrument etc. It is only in the management of fractured anterior teeth that majority (over 70%) of the participants claimed confidence.
Conclusion: Undergraduate students expressed very low confidence in handling challenging endodontics since the majority of these cases are referred to postgraduate students, while we impact more theoretical information to undergraduates. It is however pertinent the undergraduates should be prepared adequately enough to handle challenging cases to improve their confidence as dentists.