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Doumani M, Alotaibi AN, Al Hussain F, Alsweed AA, Mandorah AO, Qaddoura KA, Alanazi SM. Internal Bleaching of Endodontically Treated Teeth: A Dental Practitioner's Perspective from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. J Contemp Dent Pract 2019; 20 (10):1141-1145.
Aim: To determine the knowledge and attitude of dental practitioners (DPs) for internal bleaching technique (IBT) in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was developed based on a convenient sampling of dental practitioners and specialists working in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. DPs responded to a structured, self-administered questionnaire for evaluation of their knowledge and attitude toward IBT. The questionnaire had two components: (i) the characteristics of the study participants; and (ii) the items related to the internal bleaching technique (IBT). Data analysis was conducted using SPSS (version 25.0), with descriptive statistics and a bivariate analysis.
Results: A total of 532 dental practitioners (61.3% males and 38.7% females) participated in this study. The response rate of participation was estimated at 92.5%. Almost 37% participants considered the sodium perborate as the most commonly used dental material for internal bleaching. Almost 70% participants reported that superficial enamel discoloration was a contraindication for internal bleaching in endodontically treated teeth.
Conclusion: DPs have good knowledge and attitude on use of IBT for discolored teeth. In general, there is a need to improve knowledge and attitude of dental professionals about the IBT by attending continuing dental educational programs.
Clinical significance: Saving of the remaining tooth structure is a main principle of the different types of dental treatments. So the IBT should be known for all dental practitioners to use it before going to more aggressive dental treatment options such as full crowns.
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