A Survey of Endodontic Irrigants Used by Dentists With Varying Years of Professional Experience

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Nikolai Sharkov1, Elka Radeva2, Gencho Genchev3

1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria
3 Department of Health Economics, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria



Background/Aim: The aim of the present study was to describe the use of irrigants by dentists in Bulgaria in relation to their years of professional experience. Material and Methods: The data were collected with the help of a questionnaire. The survey included questions concerning frequency of irrigants applied, their respective concentrations, as well as spectrum of disinfectants used in endodontics. In addition, information about respondents’ age, years of professional experience, gender, and main areas of continuing education was collected. The statistical analysis was performed with the help of IBM SPSS Statistics 22.0. Results: 219 replies were analysed (response rate 27,3%). The majority of the respondents (31.1%) had 21 to 30 years of professional experience. 18.7% had over 30 years. Most of the practitioners reported their continuing education to be in the area of general dentistry – 52%, while about 1.2 % had specialised in endodontics. Dentists with long-standing professional experience use predominantly H2O2 – 78%. Dentists with least experience use 17% EDTA – 53.6%. No significant differences were established for the use of sodium hypochlorite and 2% chlorhexidine. 82% of the respondents use conventional needle 27G for intracanal irrigation; 60% never use ultrasonic irrigation. Conclusions: The analysis of the usage of irrigants shows that many general dental practitioners do not follow the quality recommended protocols for endodontic irrigation protocols.

Keywords: Endodontic Irrigants; Survey; Years of Professional Experience



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Balkan Journal of Dental Medicine, Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages 22–25, ISSN (Online) 2335-0245,DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bjdm-2018-0004.