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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 729-736
A comparative evaluation of endodontic practice trends in India: "The Mumbai study"

1 President Indian Endodontic Society; Consultant, Armed Forces Medical Services; Chairman, Commission of Dental Education (APDF); Adjunct Professor Boston and Tufts University, USA; Fellow American College of Dentists, USA
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Terna Dental College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Shishir Singh
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Terna Dental College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.152179

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Introduction: Multiple treatment protocols are available to the Indian endodontist. Hence a survey is required to recognize the common trends in endodontics and set a basic standard of treatment. Aims and Objectives: The aim of this article is to present practice trends among Indian endodontists and compare the same with established practice trends internationally through various surveys that have been conducted respectively. Materials and Methods: Questionnaires were mailed to 1085 endodontists in dental schools and private practice in India. A response rate of 42% was observed. The data was analyzed and compared with other studies. Results: Most of the endodontists in India follow the basic protocols and techniques in their practices. 40% of the Endodontists preferred digital radiography technique. 2.5% NaOCl is the most preferred irrigant of choice for primary root canal treatment and 2% chlorhexidine in retreatment cases. Calcium hydroxide was the most preferred intracanal medicament in all clinical situations. Lateral compaction (70.8%) was the most widely used method. AH Plus was the most preferred root canal sealer (46.6%). Conclusion: Indian endodontists are following the basic protocol but when compared to other studies there were concepts like, the use of rubber dam and microscope which need to be improved and raised to a level that ensures international standards in clinical practice.

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