A comparison of general dentists' and pediatric dentists' treatment recommendations for primary teeth.

Carole M Hanes, D. R. Myers, J. C. Dushku, J. T. Barenie

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A survey which included a series of demographic questions, a brief clinical history, and pictures of eight radiographs was mailed to 2000 general dentists and 1000 pediatric dentists. Usable responses were received from 1369 (45%) dentists--765 (38%) general dentists, and 604 (60%) pediatric dentists. The dentists were asked to select the optimal treatment for a specified tooth in each radiograph. The results of this survey indicate that there were differences in the treatment recommendations of general and pediatric dentists. Whether or not pulp therapy was recommended, general dentists frequently recommended restoring teeth with amalgam. Pediatric dentists more frequently recommended restoring primary teeth with stainless steel crowns. There were differences in treatment recommendations within each group of practitioners, as well as between the two groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-348
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric dentistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 1991


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  • Dentistry(all)

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