The influence of practice type, region, and age on treatment recommendations for primary teeth.

C. M. Hanes, D. R. Myers, J. C. Dushku

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The purpose of this study was to investigate dentists' treatment recommendations for interproximal surfaces of primary molars based on the type of practitioner (general dentist or pediatric dentist), geographic location, and age of practitioner. Simulated cases, which included histories and pictures of bite-wing radiographs, were mailed to a random sample of 2000 general dentists and 1000 pediatric dentists. Dentists were asked to select their treatment recommendations for eight cases involving the interproximal surface of a specified primary molar. The return rate was 42% (1245) overall, with 36% (723) from general dentists and 52% (522) from pediatric dentists. An amalgam restoration was recommended most often for these eight cases. Dentists in the age 60+ category and pediatric dentists were more likely to recommend treatment for smaller interproximal lesions. Composite resins were recommended infrequently; however, dentists in the 60+ age category and dentists in the Northeast and Southwest were somewhat more likely to recommend composite resin than younger dentists, or dentists in other geographic locations. Dentists in the 40-49 age range, pediatric dentists, and dentists in the Southwest were the most likely to recommend stainless steel crowns. These simulated cases demonstrate differences and similarities in the treatment recommendations for interproximal lesions on primary molars based on age, practice type, and region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-245
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Dentistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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