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Abstract

Aim of study: To ascertain and compare final-year dental students' self-confidence in conducting a number of necessary dental procedures.

Method: Dentistry college issued questionnaires to 288 final two-years dental students. It included 42 sheets, each of which contained a number of dental procedures. Information was asked about their level of trust in conducting such procedures on a three-point scale: 1 (lack of or no confidence), 2 (neutral), and 3 (extreme confidence) (self-assured). We used paired t-tests to assess the statistically important variations in the means of trust between the two groups while different variables were included.

Results: Diagnose interceptive cases with low trust have personalized treatment options that provide both veneer and non-vital and handicapped treatments, as well as treating mentally impaired patients. Slight variations in trust levels found between the two institutions. These three procedures are confidence-inspiring for students with above-average GPAs: basic posterior restoration, complex posterior restoration, and the more challenging complex retentive technique.

Conclusion: It was clear that students in their final two years of dental school had a strong belief in the procedures they were expected to have mastered by the end of their undergraduate careers. Changing and revising the undergraduate program, transitioning to a competency–based system, and promoting other learning systems that have been shown to have a positive impact on students' learning outcomes should be welcomed.

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