Management of ectopic maxillary canines: variations among orthodontists

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Management of ectopic maxillary canines: variations among orthodontists
Author(s) Bjerklin, Krister ; Bondemark, Lars
Date 2008
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OBJECTIVE: To document and analyze factors involved in decision-making by orthodontists in managing disturbances of eruption of maxillary canines. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The participants comprised orthodontic specialists and active members of the Swedish Orthodontic Society. Those selected for the study sample were under 65 years of age or younger and had been treating orthodontic patients for at least 1 year as a specialist. Three typical cases were presented for treatment proposals. The case notes, including radiographs and specific background data, were sent to the 182 selected orthodontists. The orthodontists were also requested to complete a questionnaire about practice profile, comprising eight questions. RESULTS: The response rate was 86.3%; yielding 157 participants (mean age 53.8 years, SD 8.12). Analysis disclosed no differences between responders and nonresponders regarding age, gender, and years of specialist practice. For treatment plans based on panoramic radiographs, intraoral radiographs, and status and anamnesis, there was general consensus. However, when supplementary information from computer tomography (CT) was provided, disclosing root resorption half-way to the pulp or more on the lateral incisor, the orthodontists' treatment proposals varied. Gender, age, and practice profile of the orthodontists had little association with the decision-making. CONCLUSIONS: Supplementary CT information led to variations in decision-making with respect to treatment of eruption disturbances of maxillary canines. This lack of consensus among specialist orthodontists can have negative implications for patients.
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Host/Issue Angle orthodontist;5
Volume 78
ISSN 0003-3219
Pages 852-9
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
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