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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 226-231

Knowledge, attitude, and practice of general dentists toward cone-beam computed tomography and dental radiology

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Amit Reche
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Wardha, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_212_19

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Background: Oral cavity is a sort of “No Man's Land” to the general practitioners of medicine and dentistry. As dentistry moves into medical and wellness model, the incorporation and proper utilization of advanced diagnostic technologies is essential. Diagnostics have a decisive impact of continuum of care and this early diagnosis help in disease prevention, knowing early disease stage when symptoms are just beginning to appear. The introduction of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) heralds true paradigm shift from two-dimensional to three-dimensional approach to data acquisition and image reconstruction. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate’ knowledge, attitude, and practice of general dentists toward CBCT and dental radiology. Objectives: This study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of general dentist toward CBCT and dental radiology. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire survey dealing with knowledge, attitude, and practice used in dental radiology was conducted among 250 dental practitioners in Sharad Pawar Dental College, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha and private dental clinics of Vidharbha region of Central India. Furthermore, written consent was taken from each individual who were willing to participate in the study. A total of 250 dentists participated in the survey, including Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), working as a faculty and/or general practitioner, intern, and postgraduate. The questionnaire consisted of two principle parts – the first part requested the demographic details of respondents. In the second part, they were questioned about the clinical method relating to the use of CBCT, the type of radiography they use, the guidelines they follow, and the technologies they prefer. The analysis was done using SPSS version 16.0. Results: There were 63.6% of BDS practitioners and about 35.7% MDS practitioners; it was observed that more than 63% of the practitioners had advised their patients for CBCT scan. Furthermore, around 81.6% of practitioners were satisfied with the use of CBCT and 72% of them had the view that it should be used for selected dental applications in the future as well. There were 88.8% of the practitioners who believed that there should be regular training or hands-on courses or evaluation o CBCT scan. Around 41.2% of participants opiated that workshop will help enhance the knowledge concerned with CBCT. Conclusion: Therefore, the present study showed better awareness of CBCT among dental practitioners and it also highlighted that majority of participants believed that CBCT was an ultimate diagnostic tool in dentistry and research.

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