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Table 2 The overall percentage responses to questions related to use of dental amalgam and according to gender

From: Attitudes of dentists and interns in Riyadh to the use of dental amalgam

  Male Female P value Overall
Do you use dental amalgam for restorations in your clinical practice frequently?
 Yes 46 (29.1) 17 (9.9) 0.000a 64 (19.3)
 No 112 (70.9) 154 (90.1) 267 (80.7)
Do you use dental amalgam for the following?b
 Simple restorations 20 (12.3) 9 (5.2) 29 (8.6)
 Large restorations 79 (48.8) 86 (50.0) 166 (49.4)
 Build up material 53 (32.7) 52 (30.2) 106 (31.5)
 Core material 50 (30.9) 33 (19.2) 85 (25.3)
 Not used 47 (29.0) 61 (35.5) 108 (32.1)
What are the reasons that restrict you from using dental amalgam?b
 Esthetics 118 (72.8) 139 (80.8) 259 (77.1)
 Mercury toxicity 36 (22.2) 53 (30.8) 90 (26.8)
 Patient’s desire 96 (59.3) 99 (57.6) 197 (58.6)
 Other reasons 17 (10.5) 8 (4.7) 25 (7.4)
Is dental amalgam an occupational risk factor at your workplace?
 Yes 42 (26.1) 85 (49.7) 0.000a 127 (37.8)
 No 119 (73.9) 86 (50.3) 207 (61.6)
Do you agree or disagree on replacing good amalgam restoration with composite resin?
 Agree 29 (18.1) 59 (34.5) 0.001a 90 (26.8)
 Disagree 131 (81.9) 112 (65.5) 243 (72.3)
If a patient had defective amalgam restoration, what would you prefer changing it to?
 Amalgam 121 (79.6) 146 (86.4) 269 (80.1)
 Composite 27 (17.8) 21 (12.4) 48 (14.3)
 Any of the above 4 (2.6) 2 (1.2) 6 (1.8)
Do you agree or disagree on stopping the use of amalgam as a final restoration?
 Agree 42 (26.1) 95 (55.6) 0.000a 139 (41.4)
 Disagree 119 (73.9) 76 (44.4)   195 (58.0)
  1. aStatistically significant
  2. bMultiple responses possible