International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Survey Paper | Dentistry | Libya | Volume 12 Issue 1, January 2023 | Rating: 5.2 / 10


The Knowledge and Attitude of Using Gingival Retraction Cord in Fixed Prosthodontics: A Survey amongst Dental Practitioners in Benghazi, Libya

Hana E. Mahjoub | Khadiga I. Elfallah [2]


Abstract: Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the knowledge and attitude of using gingival retraction cords (RCs) as fixed prosthodontics practice guidelines amongst dental practitioners (DPs) of Benghazi in Benghazi, Libya. Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was done amongst the Dental Practitioners of Benghazi, Libya in 2023. A total of 100 dentists were selected randomly (from public and private dental clinics and dental schools). A survey was conducted through hard copy printed questionnaires composed of 20 open and multiple-choice questions.93 of questioners were returned while 7 were missed. Data from the completed questionnaires were analyzed using the SPSS Statistical Software Package (version 25). All statistical analyses were carried out at a significance level of P < 0.05. Result: This study showed that the majority of participants are practicing fixed prosthodontics (97.8%) and most of them using elastomeric impression material for final impressions (72.5%). Almost all of participated (DPs) believed that retraction cords(RCs) are necessary (94.5%) for different reasons mainly was because of resulting a good impression with good and clear margin (39.6%). They also believed that gingival sulcus details duplicated in the impression with using RCs (79.1%) with minimum width of 0.2mm (39.6%) and depth of 1 mm (48.4%). (52.7%) suggested that the(RCs) available in Libyan markets are in a good quality. Participants preferred using size 00 of the (RCs) for most of cases (61.5%) which applied with plastic instruments (91.2%) with single cord technique (62.6%)instead of double cord technique (37.4%). (69.2%) said that (RCs) did not cause gingival recession especially if left in the sulcus for only 10 mints (69.2%).The (DPs) thought there were no good results of impressions without using RCs (69.2%), so they recommended the junior colleagues to using them (85.7%). Although placing the RCs considered a difficult procedure by only (23.1%), but it is still reflected better gingival displacement method than using alternative methods as laser or electro-surgery for gingival displacement (68.1%). Conclusion: The dental practitioners (DPs) of Benghazi displayed an acceptable level of knowledge and attitude regarding using gingival retraction cords as fixed prosthodontics practice; however, to further enhance the proficiency, efforts should be made to encourage the practitioners to be aware of the advances in fixed prosthodontics practice through continuous education programmers.


Keywords: Attitude, Dental Practitioner, Fixed Prosthodontics, Gingival retraction cords and Knowledge


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 1, January 2023,


Pages: 1130 - 1135



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