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Evaluation of the accuracy of the access cavities prepared by undergraduate dental students [Turk Endod J]
Turk Endod J. Ahead of Print: TEJ-83097 | DOI: 10.14744/TEJ.2022.83097

Evaluation of the accuracy of the access cavities prepared by undergraduate dental students

Dolu Kaya1, Sema Belli2
1Yiğit Oral And Dental Health Center, Konya
2Department Of Endodontics, Faculty Of Dentistry, Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey

Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of access cavities prepared by undergraduate students at a dental faculty. Methods: Access cavities prepared by students were evaluated (n=389). Before the evaluation, additional-printed information was given to the students. The data were collected using two forms (Descriptive-Data and Cavity-Preparation Assessment forms). The forms were completed by one researcher whom was previously trained. In the form, "1" and "0" points were given for every "yes" and "no" answers. The scores were expressed as % statistically analysed (Descriptive statistics, Mann–Whitney U, Kruskal–Wallis tests). Results: The average total achievement-score was 66.58. The achievement-scores for 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-year students were 68.19, 58.02, and 73.58, respectively. Highest achievement-scores were recorded in the upper and lower-premolars (71.74 and 69.56, respectively), the lowest scores were recorded for the upper-molars (59.59). Insufficient removal of the the pulp-chamber roof (41.1%), unsupported-tissues (29%), pulp-chamber damage (14.1%), non-identified canal orifice (17.2%), insufficient removal of lingual shoulders and pulp horns (49.2% and 27%) in anterior teeth, incomplete removal of decayed tissues (32.8%) were recorded. Conclusions: Improvement is still necessary in current preclinical training program while more clinical experience should be provided for the dental students in clinics.

Keywords: Access cavity preparation, assessment, dental education, dental student, endodontic education

Corresponding Author: Dolu Kaya, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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