The scope and pattern of practice in the delivery of endodontic treatment in Malaysia: A survey study

Wong Lishen, Amy Kia Cheen Liew, Dalia Abdullah, Bun San Chong

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The study aimed to compare the scope and pattern of practice between general dental practitioners (GDPs), restorative dentistry specialists and endodontists. Self-administered postal questionnaires were distributed to 22 restorative dentistry specialists, 16 endodontists and a random sample of 566 GDPs. The pre-tested questionnaire inquired about demographic data, endodontic practices and referrals. Fisher's exact test with Bonferroni adjustment was performed for pairwise comparisons. The overall response rate was 73.8%. The restorative dentistry specialists and the endodontists performed a wider array of endodontic procedures than the GDPs and were more consistent in the use of specific armamentarium (p < 0.017). Endodontists were referred to mostly for cases requiring advanced endodontic skills, while restorative dentistry specialists were mainly consulted for second opinions, pain and restorative management. GDPs should be encouraged to further their education on endodontic practice. Overlapping scope of practice and referrals among the specialists, merits scrutiny to optimize resources and manpower.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Orofacial Sciences
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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Endodontics
Malaysia
Dentistry
General Practitioners
Tooth
Referral and Consultation
Therapeutics
Pain Management
Demography
Surveys and Questionnaires
Education
Endodontists

Keywords

  • Endodontics
  • Endodontists
  • General dental practitioners
  • Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthodontics
  • Oral Surgery

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The scope and pattern of practice in the delivery of endodontic treatment in Malaysia : A survey study. / Lishen, Wong; Liew, Amy Kia Cheen; Abdullah, Dalia; Chong, Bun San.

In: Archives of Orofacial Sciences, Vol. 14, No. 1, 01.06.2019, p. 1-10.

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