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Chowdary RB, Tammineedi S, Nagesh B, Vemuri S, Chukka RS, Basam LC, Anila B. Perception and Practice of Shade Selection Principles among Postgraduates and Dental Practitioners in India: A Cross-sectional Survey. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2022; 16 (3):151-158.
Aims: The main purpose of this survey is to analyze the perceptions and practices of shade selection principles among postgraduates and dental practitioners in India.
Materials and methods: A well-formulated questionnaire consisting a total of 25 questions was disseminated among the postgraduates (Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Pedodontics) general practitioners, specialist practitioners (Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Pedodontics). The questionnaire includes knowledge and practice about shade selection principles and techniques. A total of 530 replies was accepted over Google forms. Responses were obtained from 266 postgraduates, 176 specialist practitioners, and 88 general practitioners. The data was analyzed using SPSS V25. Descriptive statistics were represented with percentages. The Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test were utilized to find the association between level of knowledge and level of practice with demographic variables (p < 0.05).
Results: Among the 530 respondents, 412 (77.7%) have poor/average knowledge and 118 (22.3%) have good knowledge of shade matching principles. There are 418 (78.9%) respondents utilized poor/average shade-matching practices. There are 112 (21.1%) respondents utilized good methods of practice for shade selection.
Conclusion: Among specialist practitioners, postgraduates, and general practitioners, the specialist practitioners had satisfactory knowledge and practices on shade selection. Knowledge and practice regarding the shade matching principles among the dentists were not adequate and Continuing Dental Education (CDE) programs on principles of shade analysis are recommended to regularly update the knowledge among the dental practitioners.
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