CLINICAL PRACTICE AND TEACHING OF REPAIR OF RESIN COMPOSITE RESTORATIONS IN DENTAL INSTITUTIONS OF ISLAMABAD AND RAWALPINDI
Repair or replacement are two established methods for treating defective restorations, In recent years, shifting trends towards minimal invasive dentistry have made repair a preferred option worldwide. A 13 item questionnaire was distributed online after approval by the ethical committee of Rawal Institute Of Health Sciences, to faculty members of all dental institutions of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on 2nd July 2020 through Google forms. Verbal consent for participation in the survey was taken by members. Responses were taken on age, qualifications, clinical settings, years in teaching and personal experience with composite repair procedures, when a repair is indicated and what advantage it has, scientific limitations, patient-related limiting factors in the decision-making process for repair. Data analysis was done with Spss 22.7 out of 8 dental institutes faculty members with a mean age group of 34±5 responded to the survey with the preference for repair by 96.7% faculty members with majority teaching repair procedures to their students. Partial loss of tooth structure was the major cause of repair with the advantage of tooth preservation if the repair option was opted.
Repair is an established treatment concept among faculty members of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Standardized guidelines need to be developed with a mutual collaboration of faculty members at the national and international level regarding repair.
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