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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 110-115

Knowledge, awareness, and aptitude of general dentists toward dental radiology and CBCT: A questionnaire study

Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Kadrabad, Modinagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Shalu Rai
C-1 Sector 23 Noida - 201 201, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiaomr.jiaomr_115_17

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Background: This questionnaire study aims to assess the precise knowledge of dental radiography along with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dental fraternity. Materials and Methods: The data in questionnaire were completely filled by 500 participants including Master of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) working as faculty and/or general practitioners, interns, and postgraduates. It consisted of multiple choice questions on CBCT. Overall assessment of answers obtained for each part was analyzed category-wise, specialty-wise, and qualification-wise. Results: A definite gap in knowledge of CBCT applications exists between different categories of dental specialists. Dental students should be provided with appropriate CBCT education supported by practical experience and guidance of oral medicine and maxillofacial radiologists. It is also recommended that all the CBCT scans should be performed under the guidance of an oral radiologist and the interpretation of these scans should be done by a trained oral and maxillofacial radiologist only. Conclusion: From the study it is evident dental practices are positively affected by high-end quality practice. More efforts for spreading awareness about this imaging modality, through inclusion of CBCT in curriculum of BDS and through lectures/Continuing Dental Education CDEs, should be undertaken to ensure better knowledge among dentists.

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