A pan-European comparison of the use of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) by postgraduates in paediatric dentistry
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To assess the current usage and opinions of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) amongst European postgraduates (PG) in paediatric dentistry.
An on-line structured questionnaire.
The programme directors of all EAPD-accredited programmes in paediatric dentistry were contacted by e-mail and invited to disseminate the web-link for a structured on-line questionnaire to all PG students on their programmes. The survey sought details of usage of MTA in both the primary and permanent dentitions and also, previous and future educational requirements for cement use.
Responses were received from 29/44 (F: 27; M: 2) PG students. MTA was used in the primary dentition by 6/29 and 17/29 PG for pulp capping and pulpotomy procedures, respectively. In non-vital permanent teeth, MTA was used for apical barrier formation by 26/29 PG students, 15/29 for pulpotomy procedures and 10/29 to repair root perforations. Barriers to the use of MTA related to material cost and other materials being deemed more appropriate. Overall, 27/29 demonstrated an interest in further educational opportunities in material use.
Mineral trioxide aggregate appears to be in regular use amongst PG dentists in paediatric dentistry throughout Europe.
KeywordsMTA Cement Graduate dental education
The author would like to acknowledge the co-operation of the EAPD-accredited Programme Directors and the PG students who responded to this survey.
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