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Quality of Life and Satisfaction Outcomes of Endodontic Treatment

  • Natalie N. Dugas
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    Dr. Dugas is affiliated with the Department of Endodontics; Dr. Lawrence is assistant professor, Community Dentistry; and Dr. Friedman is professor and head, Department of Endodontics, University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Teplitsky is professor and head, Department of Endodontics, University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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  • Herenia P. Lawrence
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    Address requests for reprints to Herenia P. Lawrence, Assistant Professor, Community Dentistry, University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, 124 Edward Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1G6
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    Dr. Dugas is affiliated with the Department of Endodontics; Dr. Lawrence is assistant professor, Community Dentistry; and Dr. Friedman is professor and head, Department of Endodontics, University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Teplitsky is professor and head, Department of Endodontics, University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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  • Paul Teplitsky
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    Dr. Dugas is affiliated with the Department of Endodontics; Dr. Lawrence is assistant professor, Community Dentistry; and Dr. Friedman is professor and head, Department of Endodontics, University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Teplitsky is professor and head, Department of Endodontics, University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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  • Shimon Friedman
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    Dr. Dugas is affiliated with the Department of Endodontics; Dr. Lawrence is assistant professor, Community Dentistry; and Dr. Friedman is professor and head, Department of Endodontics, University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Teplitsky is professor and head, Department of Endodontics, University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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      The purpose of this study was to assess quality of life and satisfaction in relation to endodontic treatment in two Canadian populations and the association of these outcomes with the treatment providers’ level of training (generalist or endodontist). New patients aged 25 to 40, presenting at the dental faculties in Toronto and Saskatoon were screened. Patients with radiographically identifiable endodontic treatment were invited for interviews conducted using a questionnaire that measured changes in quality of life after endodontic treatment and semantic differential scales that measured satisfaction with endodontic treatment. Data were analyzed using Chi-square, multiple and logistic regression (p < 0.05), and Mann-Whitney U test (p < 0.02). Subjects reported preoperative factors (e.g., pain, sleep disturbances) impacting quality of life, which improved after endodontic treatment, significantly more in the Toronto than in the Saskatoon population. Satisfaction was significantly better when endodontic treatment was provided by endodontists.
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