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European Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 2022 August;6(2):59-62

DOI: 10.23736/S2532-3466.21.00261-7

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

COVID-19 induced dental practice modifications could make some dentists optimistic: a public health concern of emerging importance?

Nadeena S. JAYASURIYA 1, Irosha R. PERERA 2, Chandira GUNASENA 3, Sakuntha RATNAPREYA 4 , R. Sumudu B. MEDAWELA 3

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; 2 Unit of Preventive Oral Health, National Dental Hospital Sri Lanka, Ward Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka; 3 Department of Oral Medicine and Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; 4 Department of Dental Surgery, Asiri Surgical Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka



BACKGROUND: We aim to highlight the positive perspectives and optimistic perceptions of a group of dental surgeons from Sri Lanka
METHODS: An online cross-sectional pilot survey was conducted among a convenient sample of 27 Dental Surgeons in May 2020. The online questionnaire included socio-demographic, professional information and perceptions on 5 core items marked on a Likert-scale with scores ranging from 0-5.
RESULTS: A majority of dental surgeons belonged to 31-40 years with males dominating the sample. More than half of the sample practiced in both private and public practice, while most have been practicing for 10-20 years. There was positivity regarding dental appointments, telemedicine and a reduction in workload.
CONCLUSIONS: Dental practice modifications post COVID-19 were received positively by a convenient sample of Sri Lankan dental surgeons. However, further research is warranted in this regard across the globe both in developed and developing countries to boost the positive thinking in the dental fraternity.


KEY WORDS: COVID-19; Practice management, dental; Surgery, oral; Sri Lanka

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