Knowledge of Vital Pulp Therapy in Primary Teeth Among Dental Interns in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Author(s): Omar Saleh, Ebtissam Murshid, Ahmed Alzahrani*, Hisham Aqeel, Mona Alsaykhan, Sarah Alsougi, Oula Tashkandi
Purpose: To assess the knowledge and practices regarding different approaches of vital pulp therapy in deciduous teeth among dental interns in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Methods: 268 Randomly selected dental interns from 5 different universities in Riyadh participated in the study. A self-designed, close-ended questionnaire was distributed to each participant. Responses were coded in a spreadsheet software and statistically analyzed using chi-square tests.
Results: Majority of the participants were females, from Riyadh Elm University and treated pediatric patients on a weekly basis. No significant difference was found in knowledge with respect to gender of participants but a significant difference in knowledge was found with respect to university they studied in.
Conclusion: Knowledge of dental interns in most areas of VPT like; choice of treatment in different clinical scenarios and choice of materials for each therapy was found adequate in this study.