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Assessing dentists’ awareness of the orthodontic–restorative interface

Arunachalam, Revathi; Nathwani, Neil; Nejatian, Touraj; Fine, Peter; Leung, Albert; (2024) Assessing dentists’ awareness of the orthodontic–restorative interface. Journal of Dentistry , 141 , Article 104811. 10.1016/j.jdent.2023.104811. Green open access

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Abstract

Objectives Awareness of the interface between restorative and orthodontic treatments is essential for dentists to facilitate a meaningful interdisciplinary approach by integrating the knowledge and skills of different dental disciplines into patients’ treatment to enhance outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate General Dental Practitioners’ (GDPs) awareness of the orthodontic–restorative interface. Methods This was a mixed-method study involving the collection of a) quantitative data via a bespoke online questionnaire and b) qualitative data through open questions. A weblink was created to the questionnaire using Opinio®. The questionnaire was distributed to GDPs practising in the UK. Clinical vignette-based questions assessed GDPs awareness and the results were categorised into two groups: aware and unaware. Two months after the primary survey, respondents were sent an email with follow-up (reliability) survey. Reliability responses were compared against the primary responses to assess the repeatability using intraclass correlation coefficient. Data were analysed using independent t-test and X2 test. Results 118 complete responses were received. 63 GDPs (53.4 % [95 % CI 44 %–63 %]) demonstrated a good understanding of the orthodontic–restorative interface. These GDPs were characterised by greater age (t = 2.75, p = 0.007) and experience (t = 3.54, p < 0.001). Qualitative data showed that respondents perceived orthodontic-restorative treatments as minimally invasive and aesthetics enhancing. Conclusions Orthodontic-restorative treatment aids in minimal invasive dentistry. GDPs lack adequate awareness of the orthodontic–restorative interface in relation to patient care and communication with patients. More quality and structured undergraduate and postgraduate training are imperative to facilitate GDPs to understand and utilise aspects of orthodontic-restorative treatments to raise the standard of patient care. Additionally, to support these patients, the educational pathway between GDPs and specialist orthodontists is crucial. Clinical Significance GDPs ability to assess and carry out orthodontic-restorative treatments would conserve natural teeth. Dependable access to orthodontic services would encourage GDPs to refer challenging cases to specialists or dentists with enhanced skills. When the circumstances call for it, patients should be given orthodontic-restorative alternatives, regardless of the potential consequences of their acceptance of the procedures.

Type: Article
Title: Assessing dentists’ awareness of the orthodontic–restorative interface
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jdent.2023.104811
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2023.104811
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/bync-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Orthodontic–restorative treatments, Interdisciplinary approach, Minimally invasive dentistry, Awareness
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Eastman Dental Institute > EDI Continuing Professional Develop.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10184574
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