QUALITY OF ROOT CANAL FILLINGS IN A BOSNIAN ADULT POPULATION TREATED IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DENTAL CLINICS
University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Science, Serbia
The aim of this study is to examine the technical quality of root canal fillings in an adult population in the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who were treated in public dental institutions and private dental clinics. Radiographs of faculty patients, aged 25-60 years old, who came for the first time were examined for the technical quality of root canal fillings. Patients with endodonticallytreated teeth were invited for an interview to reveal the providers of the endodontic treatment. The percentages of teeth with adequate length (p<0.01) and taper (p<0.01) in institutions of public health cases were significantly greater than those in private clinic cases. In addition, the frequency of teeth with adequate root canal fillings in patients treated in public dental institutions was significantly greater than those treated in private dental clinics (p<0.01). A significantly higher percentage of adequate canal fillings is present in teeth where endodontic treatment was performed in public dental institutions compared to private dental clinics. This result indicates the need to improve the quality of endodontic treatment through more intensive training for dentists in private practice.
endodontic treatment, quality of root canal fi llings, radiographic evaluation, adults