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KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE TOWARDS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT OF PATIENTS VISITING UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI DENTAL HOSPITAL

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INTRODUCTION

Root canal of a tooth is part of pulp cavity, which lies within the roots, and in the healthy tooth contains vital pulp tissue. Root canal treatment is a procedure used to treat problems of dental pulp. It's a way to save teeth and may involve one or more visits to the dentist in which the disease of the pulp is removed and pulp chamber and root canal of tooth are then cleaned and sealed. (Frequently asked questions about Endodontic treatment hosted on Hinari website)

Root canal treatment is one of the most feared procedures in all of dentistry.

Dentist asserts that modem root canal treatment is relatively painless because pain can be controlled. Major setback of root canal treatment is that most patients lack the knowledge. They do not know what root canal treatment entails and what the benefits of such treatment are. Most patients fear root canal treatment because it is painful.

Indications of root canal treatment are irreversible pulpitis, per apical periodontitis, crown fractures involving the pulp, acute per apical abscess, when want to create post space, construction of an over denture and when the vitality of pulp is doubtful. Root canal treatment is contraindicated in patient with poor oral hygiene, poorly motivated patients, patients with poor general health, and the very old and in patients with infective endocarditits. (Conservative dentistry by Grundy J B)

This study aims at determining the knowledge, attitude and practice toward root canal treatment of patients visiting university of Nairobi conservative clinic.

SUMMARY

RCT is a specialized branch of dental sciences which deals with the etiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the pulp. Unfortunately the attitude of majority of the patients is based on the old concepts of tooth extraction rather than preservation of the existing dentition. This is a descriptive crossectional study aimed at determining the knowledge, attitude and practice towards RCT of patients visiting UON dental hospital.

The sample size is 91 and random sampling method will be used to select the participants. A semi-structured questionnaire will be used. The findings of this study will be 

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