Given increased tooth retention into later years of life, dentists face increasing challenges in maintaining teeth with extensive composite restorations. Accompanying the increase in placement of composite restorations in general practice, there has also been increased evidence that repair, rather than replacement, of composite restorations is being increasingly considered as a treatment option. Previous work has demonstrated that such techniques are often underutilised in practice. The aim of this study was to examine contemporary teaching of composite repair techniques in Scandinavian dental schools. A questionnaire was distributed by email to each of the 12 Scandinavian dental schools in late 2010/early 2011. This questionnaire sought information on the undergraduate teaching of composite repair techniques as well as indications and materials utilised for this technique. A 100% response rate was achieved (12 schools). Eleven of the 12 respondent schools indicated that they included the teaching of composite repair techniques within their dental school programme. The most commonly reported indications for the teaching of the repair of direct composite restorations were tooth substance preservation (11 schools) and reduced risk of harmful effects on the pulp (10 schools). The most commonly taught surface treatment was mechanical roughening of the existing composite restoration, including the removal of the surface layer of material, prior to application of fresh composite (11 schools). Overall, the results of this study showed that the teaching of composite repair techniques is established within Scandinavian dental schools. This may influence the practising habits of dentists graduating from these schools when considering treatment options for defective composite restorations.
|Translated title of the contribution||Teaching of the repair of defective composite restorations in Scandinavian dental schools|
|Pages (from-to)||210 - 216|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Oral Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2012|