Knowledge And Attitudes Of Paediatric Dentists In Turkey Regarding Cone Beam Computed Tomography (Cbct)

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Cumhuriyet Dental Journal, vol.24, no.3, pp.206-215, 2021 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.7126/cumudj.815788
  • Journal Name: Cumhuriyet Dental Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Directory of Open Access Journals, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.206-215
  • Keywords: attitude, CBCT, digital imaging methods, knowledge, Pediatric dentistry
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Objectives: The use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dental practice has increased in recent years due to the lower radiation dose, fast scanning time, and superior imaging quality compared to conventional computed tomography (CT). Although CBCT is frequently preferred for the evaluation of the craniofacial region in areas such as orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, head trauma, and implant surgery, its use is still limited in paediatric dentistry. The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge and attitudes of paediatric dentists in Turkey regarding CBCT. Materials and Methods: A self-administered anonymous questionnaire consisting of 17 questions was completed by 273 volunteer participants. Of these, 135 were postgraduate students in a paediatric dentistry program and 137 were PhDs or specialists. Relationships between categorical variables were evaluated using chi-square test. Results: 237 (86.8%) of the 273 participants stated that they were knowledgeable about CT/CBCT, but 81% of the respondents said the information they received during dental education was insufficient. The only significant relationship among the studied variables was between the participants’ self-rated knowledge about the use of CT and/or CBCT for the dentomaxillofacial region and the institution in which they worked (P =.001). Conclusions: Although our results indicate that paediatric dentists have high levels of knowledge and positive attitudes towards digital imaging techniques and CBCT, it would be beneficial to update the dental curricula and enable dental students to gain practical experience in addition to theoretical knowledge.