Journal of Nepalese Prosthodontic Society

Abstract

Background: Dental anatomy is taught as a basic dental subject in dental schools of Nepal. Theknowledge has immense use in clinical practice in dentistry. However, few feel that it has no useand should be removed from the dental curriculum. The objective of the study was to analyse theknowledge, attitude and practice of tooth morphology among dental practitioners in Kathmandu.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was undertaken among the dental practitioners inKathmandu using a self-administered questionnaire to collect the data. In total 300 questionnaires weredistributed. The results were analysed for descriptive statistics using the Statistical Package for theSocial Sciences (SPSS) 16 software.

Results: A total of 249 responses from the dental practitioners were received. In total 77.9 % ofparticipants strongly agreed that understanding tooth morphology helped in identification of primaryand permanent teeth. More than 90% had positive response regarding its use in day to day clinicalpractice.

Conclusion: The present study revealed that the dental practitioners have adequate knowledge of toothmorphology and agree on its importance in professional dental practice.

Key words: dental anatomy; tooth carving; tooth morphology.


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