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A Survey of Endodontic Practices among Dentists in Burkina Faso

Babacar Faye, Wendpoulomdé AD Kaboré, Valérie Chevalier, Yolande Gnagne-Koffi, Carole DW Ouédraogo, Diouma Ndiaye

Citation Information : Faye B, Kaboré WA, Chevalier V, Gnagne-Koffi Y, Ouédraogo CD, Ndiaye D. A Survey of Endodontic Practices among Dentists in Burkina Faso. J Contemp Dent Pract 2017; 18 (8):641-646.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2099

Published Online: 01-08-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.



Dental surgeons must be aware of the most appropriate endodontic treatments and how to properly conduct them. The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge of dental surgeons in Burkina Faso in terms of endodontic treatment procedures.

Materials and methods

This descriptive, cross-sectional study was performed during the regular annual conference of the National Board of Dental Surgeons of Burkina Faso, held on February 27 and 28, 2015 in Ouagadougou, through a questionnaire.


A total of 33 practitioners took part (52.4% of the dental surgeons of Burkina Faso) in the study. The majority of them (90.9%) used sodium hypochlorite as their preferred irrigation solution. Nearly half of the dental surgeons (48.5%) did not know how to use a permeabilization file, and most did not make use of nickel–titanium (NiTi) mechanized instruments (78.8%) or rubber dams (93.9%). Approximately two-thirds of participants did not perform file-in-place radiography (66.7%) or control radiography of the canal obturation (63.6%). The adjusted single-cone technique was the most commonly used (87.9%).


This study highlights that the majority of dental surgeons in Burkina Faso are not using the currently recommended endodontic procedures to perform obturations.

Clinical significance

Dental surgeons in Burkina Faso must commit to regularly upgrading their knowledge and techniques.

How to cite this article

Kaboré WAD, Chevalier V, Gnagne- Koffi Y, Ouédraogo CDW, Ndiaye D, Faye B. A Survey of Endodontic Practices among Dentists in Burkina Faso. J Contemp Dent Pract 2017;18(8):641-646.

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