KNOWLEDGE, AWARENESS AND PRACTISES ON APPLICATIONS OF NANOPARTICLES IN ENDODONTICS AMONG UNDERGRADUATE DENTAL STUDENTS - A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY
Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai – 600077, Email : email@example.com
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Adimulapu Hima Sandeep
Associate Professor, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai – 600077
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Introduction: Endodontic disease is a biofilm facilitated infection, and the fundamental objective in its treatment is the removal of these biofilms from the endodontic canals. Nanoparticles offer unique physicochemical properties, such as ultrasmall sizes, large surface area/mass ratio, and increased chemical reactivity, compared with their bulk counterparts.
Aim: The aim of the present study is to assess knowledge, attitude and practice of nanoparticles in endodontics among dental students.
Materials and method: The data collection software used is google forms. The data were represented in the form of a bar graph. The statistical software used was SPSS software . The statistical test used in the present study is Chi square test and the type of analysis used in this study was descriptive analysis. The steps followed in software analysis are data collection, data analysis and data interpretation.
Result: 44% of the dental students think that nanotechnology is useful in management of endodontic diseases by drug delivery. 57 % of the dental students were aware that the nanoparticles have biomedical applications in drug delivery, antimicrobial application, and in imaging. 68% are aware of the importance of nanoparticles in endodontics. Gender did not influence the knowledge of nanoparticles in dentistry. ( Chi square test, p values – 0.07,0.06).
Conclusion: Within the limitations of the study it can be concluded that the majority of the dental students were aware of the importance of nanoparticles in endodontics. By imparting further knowledge on the choice of nanomaterial, mode of delivery, its biocompatibility among the dental students can provide scope for its routine clinical application.
Keywords : Nanoparticles, drug delivery, endodontics, antimicrobial