REASONS WHY PEOPLE DO NOT OPT FOR CROWNING AFTER ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Teeth get weakened after endodontic treatment and these should ideally be crowned. However, few patients opt for crowns to preserve their teeth, whereas, many do not opt for crowning due to multiple reasons. The aim of this study was to explore how many patients take interest to preserve their teeth after endodontic treatment and to find out reasons for not opting for crowning. A data of 80 patients who had their root canal treatment done was collected during routine visit of various patients for dental treatment at 21 Military Dental Centre in Combine Military Hospital, Quetta. It was a questionnaire based cross sectional study. The collected data was analyzed to see frequency of patients who did or did not get their teeth crowned and possible reasons for not crowing after endodontic treatment. It was found that 36 % people had got their teeth crowned after endodontic treatment and 64% of patients did not opt for crowns. Majority of patients (29.4 %) who did not opt for crowns were found to be ignorant about the procedure, 19.6 % did not have time for their treatment, 15.7% were found to have financial limitation, non- availability of facility for treatment and lack of interest, whereas 3.9% did not opt for crowning due to previous bad experience. It was concluded that there is an absolute need for an educational campaign to create awareness among people to highlight importance of oral health and benefits of crowning of endodontically treated tooth for its longer survival. Government should make an effort to provide dental facility available to masses and introduce measures to provide affordable dental care.
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