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IJMDC. 2023; 7(12): 1831-1836

Level of confidence in exodontia among senior dental students and interns in Madinah: a cross-sectional study

Ahmad A. Othman, Muhannad M. Kaaki, Rayan Meer, Mahir A. Mirah, Esam Sami Almuzaini, Abduljabbar Khalil Mulla, Dalia Abdulkhaliq Huwaykim, Lina Farooq Arabi, Muath Saad Alassaf, Arwa Bafail, Mahmoud Alsulimani, Ahmad Qazali, Ismail Abdouh.


Objective: This study aimed to assess the level of confidence regarding exodontia among senior dental students and interns in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive observational study was conducted using an online-based self-administered questionnaire consisting of 34 close-ended questions. It was divided into four sections, including demographic data, theoretical knowledge, clinical knowledge, and the level of confidence of exodontia.
Results: The study group comprised of 84 participants. Most participants were females, 53.6%, and half were dental interns. Around 88.1% reported that they had sufficient knowledge to decide if a tooth was indicated for extraction or not. Almost 77.4% thought they had sufficient knowledge to assess case difficulty, and 72.6% had sufficient knowledge about the essential investigations needed to assess the difficulty of the case. However, 33.3% were less confident about extracting an ankylosed tooth, while 50% might need help, and 35.7% were less confident about extracting a partially impacted third molar and less confident about handling medical emergencies during dental extraction.
Conclusion: The present study revealed that there is a need to enhance the level of confidence and knowledge related to exodontia among dental students and interns. Proper diagnosis of complex cases and choosing a suitable surgical procedure are essential factors in achieving the treatment outcome and could influence a good prognosis.

Key words: Exodontia, knowledge, confidence, dental students, Saudi Arabia.

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