Dental Practitioners' Opinions and Methods in the Management of Oral Mucosal Lesions and TMJ Disorders in Dakshina Kannada District - A Questionnaire Based Survey

  • Jayaprasad Anekar KVG DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL
  • Ivin Elsa John KVG DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL
  • Raj A C Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital
  • Deepika Nappalli KVG DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL
  • Krishna S Kumar Amrita School of Dentistry
  • Jayalakshmi Baipadavu KVG DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL
Keywords: dental practitioners, oral mucosal lesions, TMJ disorders

Abstract

Abstract:

Introduction

Oral mucosal lesions and tempero mandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are important areas of concern in the present dental practice due to their increasing prevalence. Timely management is important as it aids in maximal prognosis.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the study was to determine the awareness of dental practitioners in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, regarding various aspects of oral mucosal lesions and TMJ disorders.And also to know their interest and skillin managing such disorders.

Materials and methods

A self- administered questionnaire was constructed and given to dental practitioners, selected through multistage cluster random sampling method; from Dakshina Kannada district. Chi-square test was performed and the level of significance was set at p < 0.05.

Results

The majority of dental practitioners had a dental practice of duration five to ten years. Many of the respondents (72%) indicated that oral ulcers are the most common mucosal lesions and prescribed topical anesthetics for these. The investigations suggested were blood investigations (24%) for various oral mucosal lesions and radiographs (20%) for TMJ disorders. Different pharmacological treatments provided by the majority of the respondents were topical anesthetics and multi vitamin supplements. About 34% dental practitioners routinely refer the patients to specialty practitioners.

Conclusion

The present study shows that there should be emphasis on workshops and various other awareness programs for general dental practitioners for better understanding of the subject and about the latest protocols regarding referral of the patients to specialists.

 

Author Biographies

Jayaprasad Anekar, KVG DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL

Professor and Head

Raj A C, Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences & Hospital

Professor and Head

Deepika Nappalli, KVG DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL

Reader

Krishna S Kumar, Amrita School of Dentistry

Assistant Professor

Jayalakshmi Baipadavu, KVG DENTAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL

Senior Lecturer

Published
2018-10-27