Student perceptions of clinical experiences in endodontic access cavity preparations
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to gain understanding into the perceptions of undergraduate dental students regarding their levels of competence and confidence when preparing endodontic access cavities MATERIALS AND METHOD: Anonymous survey forms were given to 100 undergraduate dental students at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, School of Oral Health Sciences. Students were asked to indicate their self-confidence level by using a 5-point Likert scale as 'not confident', 'manageable', 'comfortable and confident',' extremely confident' and 'never done it'. RESULTS: The response rate was 75 % out of 100 students. The majority of the participants (88%) indicated that they would perform endodontic access cavity preparation with ease on anterior teeth and the lowest (43%) confidence levels was indicated on multi-rooted posterior teeth.
Tsesis I, Fuss Z. Diagnosis and treatment of accidental root perforations. Endodontic Topics. 2006; 13: 95-107.
American Association of Endodontists. Glossary of endo-dontic terms, 9th edition. Chicago: American Association of Endodontists, 2015.
Fugill M. Defining the purpose of phantom head. European Journal of Dental Education. 2013; 17, e1-e4.
Maran NJ, Glavin RJ. Low- to high-fidelity simulation - a continuum of medical education? Medical Education. 2007; 37 (Suppl. 1), 22-8.
Masten AS, Coatsworth J. The Development of Competence in Favorable and Unfavorable Environments: Lessons from Research on Successful Children. The American psychologist. 1998; 53. 205-20.
Arena G, Kruger E, Holley D, Millar S, Tennant M. Western Australian dental graduates' perception of preparedness to practice: A five-year follow-up. Journal of Dental Education. 2007; 71:1217-22.
Aly M, Willems G, Carels C, Elen J. Instructional multimedia programs for self-directed learning in undergraduate and postgraduate training in orthodontics. European Journal of Dental Education. 2003; 7: 20-26.
Divaris K, Mafla A, Villa-Torres L, Sanchez-Molina M, Gallego-Gomez C, Velez-Jaramillo L Tamayo-Cardona J, Perez-Cepeda D, Vergara-Mercado M, Simancas-Pallares M and Polychronopoulou A. Psychological distress and its correlates among dental students: a survey of 17 Colombian dental schools. BMC Medical Education. 2013; 13: 91.
Polychronopoulou A, Divaris K. A longitudinal study of Greek dental student's perceived sources of stress. Journal of Dental Education. 2010; 74: 524-30.
Konkola R, Tuomi-Gröhn T, Lambert P, Ludvigsen S. Promoting learning and transfer between school and workplace. Journal of Education and Work. 2007; 20: 211-28.
Davey J, Bryant ST, Dummer PMH. The confidence of undergraduate dental students when performing root canal treatment and their perception of the quality of endodontic education. European Journal of Dental education. 2014; 19: 229-34.
Mirza MB. Difficulties Encountered during Transition from Preclinical to Clinical Endodontics among Salman bin Abdul Aziz University Dental Students. Journal of International Oral Health. 2015; 7:22-7.
Tanalp J, Güven EP, Oktay I. Evaluation of dental students' perception and self-confidence levels regarding endodontic treatment. European Journal of Dentistry. 2013; 7: 218-24.
Honey J, Lynch CD, Burke FM, Gilmour AS. Ready for practice? A study of confidence levels of final year dental students at Cardiff University and University College Cork. European Journal of Dental Education. 2011; 15: 98-103.
Ayhan T, Barut G, Tanalp J. The self-confidence levels of senior dental students during endodontic treatment procedures. Turkish Endodontic Journal. 2006; 1(1): 1922.
Patel J, Fox K, Grieveson B, Youngson CC. Undergraduate training as preparation for vocational training in England: a survey of vocational dental practitioners' and their trainers' views. British Dental Journal. 2006; Suppl: 9-15.
Arena G, Kruger E, Holley D, Millar S, Tennant M. Western Australian dental graduates' perception of preparedness to practice: A five-year follow-up. Journal of Dental Education. 2007; 71: 1217-22.
Bigby J, Reader A, Nusstein J, Beck M. Anesthetic efficacy of lidocaine/meperidine for inferior alveolar nerve blocks in patients with irreversible pulpitis. Journal of Endodontics. 2007; 33: 7-10.
Copyright (c) 2020 Pumela Gwengu, Casper Jonker
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Copyright for all articles is retained by the author/s of the individual articles.