AN ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND USAGE OF RUBBER DAM AMONG DENTISTS IN A KARACHI SAMPLE
The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of rubber dam during root canal treatment and how to enhance its usage among dentists in Karachi
This was a questionnaire based study conducted by Endodontic Department of Jinnah Medical and Dental College. It was conducted from 28 April 2016 to 10 September 2016. The questions were divided into six categories; Demographic data, knowledge, availability, usage, advantages and disadvantages of rubber dam usage during root canal treatment.
Total 263 out of 300 responded in which 59% were general dental practitioners, 35.7% were house officers, 25% were specialists. While 55% of house officers, 59% general dental practitioners and only 25% of the specialists used rubber dam during root canal treatment. Overall 12% of the respondent thought rubber dam usage can be promoted through both lectures and workshop while 26.6% opted for lectures, 36.5% through workshops, and 24% by some other means.
It was concluded from the current study that the use of rubber dam is less common during root canal treatment among dentists in Karachi, in spite of knowing all the benefits of the rubber dam usage.
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