Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 2 - 2021
Knowledge, Practice and Believes Regarding Class II Restoration Proximal Contact among Dental Practitioners
Hattan Abdullatif Zaki1*, Hamzah Ali Babkair1, Abdullah Mohammed Alharbi2, Hamdi Mohammed Alsaidalani2, Yaser Abdulaziz Alsahafi3 and Muhannad Kaaki1
1Assistant Professor, Oral Basic and Clinical Sciences Department, College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3Chairman, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Assistant Professor in Dental Public Health, Taibah University College of Dentistry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Hattan Abdullatif Zaki, Assistant Professor, Oral Basic and Clinical Sciences Department, College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Received: January 01, 2020; Published: January 21, 2021


Objectives: This study aims to assess the knowledge, practice and believes of Dental students, interns, general practitioners and specialists regarding proximal contact tightness of class 2 direct dental restoration.

Material and methods: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted on the target group using an online-based survey. The questionnaire was sent to eligible participants (N = 250). It was divided into 3 domains as follow: demographic data serving as age, gender, professional ranking and duration of practice; experience of dental professionals regarding proximal contact of class II restoration (7 questions); opinion and believes of dental professionals about proximal contact of class II restoration (9 questions). The collected data were analysed with a statistical software program.

Results: The response rate was 74.4% (N = 186). The participants were 62.4% male and 37.6% female. 57.5% of respondents were dental students, 26.9% dental interns, 11.3% dental specialist and 4.3% general practitioners. In domain 2, particularly in response to the question regarding checking the contour of class II restoration, less proportion of general practitioners use bitewing radiograph for that purpose than most of the specialists who used both bitewing and dental floss (p = 0.001). Similarly, in domain 3, the specialists strongly accept a difference in the contact area's tightness at rest and function (P = 0.049). Most of the specialists believed that the amalgam restoration provides better proximal contact (P = 0.003).

Conclusion: Most of the dental practitioners surveyed in this study appeared with good knowledge, practice and believes regarding proximal contact tightness of class II direct dental restoration. However, continuous professional courses for all dental health care personnel are recommended to update their knowledge, which will be reflected in their practical skills.

Keywords: Knowledge; Dental Professionals; Class II Restoration; Proximal Contact


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Citation: Hattan Abdullatif Zaki., et al. “Knowledge, Practice and Believes Regarding Class II Restoration Proximal Contact among Dental Practitioners”. EC Dental Science 20.2 (2021): 37-44.

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