The purpose of this study was to collect information about current treatment protocols of endodontic procedures among general practitioners (GP), endodontically interested practitioners (EI) and endodontic specialists (ES) in Switzerland and to compare them with available endodontic quality guidelines and former surveys. A questionnaire was distributed to 1,522 attendees of two national conferences (Swiss Dental Association, 2015; Swiss Society for Endodontology, 2016) addressing socio-demographic characteristics and specific questions about root canal treatments (RCT) including techniques and materials used. Five hundred and six surveys were collected comprising data of 81.8% GP, 14.4% EI and 3.8% ES (response rate: 33.2%). The majority of respondents was male (59.9%), 40–59 years old (55.9%) with >20 years of clinical experience (54.3%). 498 participants (98.4%) stated to perform RCT. Rubber dam was always used in 52.2% of GP, 69.9% of EI and 89.5% of ES, while never-user accounted for 14.1%. Overall, 63.9% used loupes and 13.7% microscopes (mostly by ES). Rotating instruments were selected in 43.2%, followed by conventional hand-instruments (37.8%) and reciprocating instruments (19%). GP rarely activated irrigants and applied NaOCl in lower concentrations (>0.5–1%) compared to ES. GP preferred lateral compaction (57%), ES performed vertical compaction in 89.5%. 92% completed RCT after two or more visits. The majority of dentists in Switzerland follow the available quality guidelines and the present findings are coherent with internationally published surveys. Nonetheless, discrepancies are still present between daily practice and endodontic quality guidelines, especially with the routine use of rubber dam and working length determination, predominantly within the endodontic non-specialists.
Keywords: Endodontology; Switzerland; Survey; Treatment protocol; Root canal treatment.