Patients' perception and satisfaction with apicoectomy.
Euiseong Kim;Seung-Jong Lee;Su-Jung Shin;Jeong-Won Park
Journal of Korean Academy of Conservative Dentistry(대한치과보존학회지)
Journal of Korean Academy of Conservative Dentistry(대한치과보존학회지), Vol.36(2) : 114~118, 2011
OBJECTIVES: This study was aimed to examine the patients' perception and satisfaction with the results of endodontic microsurgery which was apicoectomy with retrofilling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was given to 109 patients, who were recalled after a minimum of 3 months upon endodontic microsurgery in the Department of Conservative Dentistry, Yonsei University. A contingency table and correlation analysis were used to determine if there were any correlations between age/gender and the patients' responses (p = 0.05). RESULTS: Approximately 60% of respondents answered they had never heard of surgical endodontic procedures. 63.3% of respondents chose the surgical option because they wanted to keep their natural teeth. If the patient required the same procedure on another tooth later, 100 out of 109 respondents answered they would choose microsurgery instead of extraction. Most patients (82.57%) appeared to be satisfied with the surgical procedure. CONCLUSIONS: Endodontic microsurgery consisting of apicoectomy and retrofilling seems to appeal to majority of patients as a satisfactory and valuable treatment choice.