Knowledge, perception and practice of atraumatic restorative treatment among dentists in Nairobi
Osiro, O. A.
Macigo, F. G.
Dienya, T. M.l
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Aim: To determine the knowledge, perception and practice of atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) approach among dentists in Nairobi. Design: The study was a descriptive cross-sectional study involving registered and practicing dentists in Nairobi. Materials and Method: A total of 120 registered dental practitioners based in Nairobi, and who had practiced for more than a year after internship were identified to participate in the study, but only 86 actually did. Information on the knowledge, perception and practice of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment was collected using semi¬structured questionnaires. The data gathered was analyzed using SPSS. Results: Majority of the respondents knew about ART approach(82.6%), considered ART a practical procedure(76.8%). and did not think ART can be an alternative to conventional restorative methods(63.5%). 48.2% thought it can be used for permanent restorations. A total of 72.9% of the dentists had never placed any ART restoraric.is. 60.9% of those who had practiced ART had placed less than five restorations. However, 32.6% thought the procedures were successful. Among those who had not placed any restorations, 66.7% had never had an opportunity to try and 55% would perform ART on their patients if given the chance. 86.5% of all the dentists were interested in learning more about ART. Conclusions: It was established that majority of the dentists in Nairobi are knoledgeable about ART, but they have a poor perception of the technique. The study also established that few dentists applied the ART approach in their practices. Recommendations: There is need to improve the knowledge and perception of ART among the dentists through continuing dental education seminars and workshops, in order-to encourage them to use the technique especially in the underprivileged communities without proper dental facilities.
CitationJournal of the Kenya Dental Association
Department of Conservative and Prosthetic Dentistry, University of NairobiDepartment of Periodontology and Community Dentistry, University of Nairobi.
Knowledge, perception and practice of atraumatic restorative treatment among dentists in Nairobi.