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Usefulness of an Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Form of Root Canal Treatments in Dental Education in Finland

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Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5281, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Medical Research Center, Oulu University Hospital, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 5281, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Dental Teaching Unit, 90220 Oulu, Finland
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Academic Editor: Claude Jaquiéry
Dent. J. 2021, 9(10), 118; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj9100118
Received: 26 August 2021 / Revised: 24 September 2021 / Accepted: 8 October 2021 / Published: 14 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Dentistry Journal in 2021)
According to current care guidelines, it would be beneficial to evaluate the difficulty of a root canal treatment (RCT) after the decision of an indicated RCT. For this matter, several difficulty assessment forms have been developed. In this pilot study, fifth-year dental students evaluated the usefulness of the Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Form (ECAF) presented in the Finnish Current Care Guidelines for Endodontic Treatment (2014). Another aim was to postoperatively investigate how well the evaluation by dental students using the ECAF associated with the outcome of RCT evaluated by a specialist in endodontics. The dental students’ (n = 33) and the supervisor’s assessments of the RCTs were compared postoperatively at the Dental Educational Unit, Oulu, Finland. After completing the ECAF, the students’ experiences of its use were explored with a structured form. In ECAF, patient-derived factors, such as gagging, deviant crown morphology, and complications in previous endodontic treatment, were all significantly associated with complications in RCTs by the dental students (p < 0.05). The assessments by students and the supervisor differed in 55% of cases, especially in moderately difficult cases. In the majority of these cases (71%), the students evaluated the case to be easier than the teacher. Students found the ECAF user-friendly, even if it did not demonstrate their competence in accomplishing RCTs. The ECAF appears useful for junior dentists, specifically in terms of distinguishing the least and most difficult cases. A simpler form could be useful for students and clinicians. View Full-Text
Keywords: case difficulty assessment form; dental education; endodontics; evaluation; root canal treatment case difficulty assessment form; dental education; endodontics; evaluation; root canal treatment
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Pesonen, R.; Tanner, T.; Käkilehto, T.; Oikarinen-Juusola, K.; Laitala, M.-L.; Anttonen, V. Usefulness of an Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Form of Root Canal Treatments in Dental Education in Finland. Dent. J. 2021, 9, 118. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj9100118

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Pesonen R, Tanner T, Käkilehto T, Oikarinen-Juusola K, Laitala M-L, Anttonen V. Usefulness of an Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Form of Root Canal Treatments in Dental Education in Finland. Dentistry Journal. 2021; 9(10):118. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj9100118

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Pesonen, Reetta, Tarja Tanner, Taina Käkilehto, Kristiina Oikarinen-Juusola, Marja-Liisa Laitala, and Vuokko Anttonen. 2021. "Usefulness of an Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Form of Root Canal Treatments in Dental Education in Finland" Dentistry Journal 9, no. 10: 118. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj9100118

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