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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 199-202

Cognizance and use of minimally invasive dentistry approach by general dentists: An overlooked companion

1 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna, Bihar, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Buddha Institute of Dental Science and Hospital, Patna, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics Government College of Dentistry, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
4 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Rangoonwala Dental College and Research Centre, Pune, Maharashtra, India
5 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Patna, Bihar, India
6 Dentist, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India

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Rathi Rela
Department of Dentistry, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Patna, Bihar
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_674_20

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Background: Dental caries begins with the decalcification of the first nonorganic part, followed by the decay of the organic tooth matrix. Minimally invasive dentistry (MID) focuses on using the adhesive technique for restoration as these techniques allow minimum removal of healthy tooth structure. Objective: This study aimed to assess the attitude, knowledge, and behavior of the general dentists toward the use of MID and to evaluate if MID is considered as standard care measure among general dentists. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-section observational survey and included 285 practicing dentists. The survey questions were divided into two parts. The question related to the use of sharp explorer utilized response categories (1–5), with options of always, most of the time, often, sometimes, and never or rarely. The independent variables collected were age, gender, years of practice, clinical hours, type of practice, postgraduate education, and clinic environment. The data collected were tabulated and were statistically analyzed. Results: The results of the present study showed that MID meets the standard of care for the treatment of both primary teeth 85.96% (n = 245) as well as permanent teeth 78.24% (n = 223). ART, sandwich technique, in-office, and at-home topical fluoride application were considered active for treating dental caries. The use of sharp explorers, nonsharp explorers, radiographs, and magnification were considered common for caries detection. Conclusion: The more dentists who listened to about MID in the past responded that the MID concept is the standard of care for the treatment of primary and permanent teeth than dentists who have heard little or nothing about MID.

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