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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59-61

Attitude towards oral biopsy among the dental surgeons of Puducherry

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Elayampalayam, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Elayampalayam, Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Oral Pathology, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry, India
5 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nad, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Thangadurai Maheswaran
Department of Oral Pathology, Vivekanandha Dental College for Women, Elayampalayam, Tiruchengode - 637 205, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-3019.148257

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Objective: To explore the attitude of the dental surgeons towards oral biopsy as a diagnostic method in relation to oral lesions. Materials and methods: A questionnaire was used to collect the data personally from 105 dental surgeons in Puducherry, comprising of private practitioners and dental surgeons working in public and private institutions. The questionnaire included age, sex, professional qualification (s), clinical experience, and the type of work set-up as the first item block. The second block explored the attitude towards diagnosis of oral lesions, the performance of oral biopsies, and their submission for histopathological examination. Results: More experienced dental surgeons performed biopsies than the lesser ones and it was found that many dental surgeons do not submit excised oral lesions for histopathological examination. Result also differed with the field of specialization and work setup. Conclusion: Biopsy procedures and diagnostic histopathology are not always used by the dental surgeons of Puducherry. So there is a need for better education and exposure regarding oral biopsy to equip the future dental professionals with diagnostic skills.

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