Perspective and practice of root caries management: a multicountry study – Part I
Abubaker Qutieshat1, Abdurahman Salem2, Rayhana Aouididi3, Juliana Delatorre Bronzato4, Haider Al-Waeli5, Mousa Abufadalah6, Saleem Shaikh6, Yassir Yassir7, Ahmed Mhanni8, Priyanka Vasantavada9, Hatem Amer10
1 Restorative Dentistry, Dundee Dental School, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
2 Primary Care, National Health Service, Lothian, UK
3 Oral Biology, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
4 Restorative Dentistry, State University of Campinas, São Paolo, Brazil
5 Periodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
6 Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Majmaah University, Al Majma'ah, Saudi Arabia
7 Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
8 Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya
9 Dental Public Health, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK
10 Oral Pathology, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Dr. Abubaker Qutieshat
Restorative Dentistry, Dundee Dental School, University of Dundee, Dundee
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Background: Every effort needs to be made to better understand the current state of practice and trends relating to root caries management which will be of benefit to dentists universally in the practice of dentistry.
Aim: This article presents a multicountry questionnaire survey of the current state of practice in the management of root caries among dentists in nine different countries to get a wider range of opinions and perspectives.
Methodology: A questionnaire related to root surface caries was distributed among practicing dentists in nine different countries, namely the United Kingdom, Libya, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Brazil, India, Malaysia, and Iraq. Questionnaire responses were analyzed, and the results were compared among groups.
Results: The results showed statistically significant differences among dentists in most questionnaire aspects. Bleeding is the greatest obstacle facing dentists when restoring root surface lesions. Reported survival rates reflect uncertainty about the material and/or approach of choice in the management of root surface caries.
Conclusion: This questionnaire survey revealed the current status of management of root surface caries in clinical practice in various countries. Substantial attention is required to bridge the knowledge gap and address the current void of uncertainty as relates to root caries management by providing a common ground for communication between dentists from all around the globe. In all, this work found a degree of consensus at the international level on what appears to work well among the dental practices surveyed and identified several issues with existing approaches that need to be addressed in future studies.