Objective: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the knowledge level of general dental practitioners (GDPs) and dental specialists (DSs) about the management of TDIs.
Materials and methods: A total of 199 participants from three cities in Turkey completed the online questionnaires. The first section of the questionnaire consisted of questions regarding personal information, while the second section consisted of 12 multiple-choice questions regarding the knowledge of managing different types of TDIs in children. The data were statistically analyzed using the chi-square test and t-test.
Results: The questionnaires were completed by 145 GDPs and 54 DSs. In total, 29.1% of the participants (58) had less than 3 years of experience, 20.6% (41) had between 3 and 6 years of experience, 16.1% (32) had between 7 and 10 years of experience, 14.1% (28) had between 11 and 15 years of experience, 8% (16) had between 16 and 20 years of experience, and 12.1% (24) had more than 20 years of experience in clinical practice. Dentists with lesser years of experience (<10 years) were more knowledgeable than those with more years of experience (p=0.001). Moreover, DSs were more knowledgeable than GDPs (p=0.002).
Conclusion: Our findings revealed a moderate level of knowledge about TDI management among dental practitioners. These findings highlight the need to improve dentists’ knowledge about TDI treatment protocols.
Attitude, Dental Trauma, Dentists, Emergency, Knowledge