|Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal|
September, 2009, Vol. 11, No. 3
The factors effecting satisfaction of dental appearance and self-perceived need for orthodontic treatment in 10-11 and 14-15 year-old Lithuanian schoolchildren
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Use of dental radiography among Lithuanian general dentists
Vytaute Peciuliene, Jurate Rimkuviene, Rasma Maneliene, Saulius Drukteinis
Objective. To gather information about the radiographic facilities and techniques used by Lithuanian general dentists.
Materials and Methods. Questionnaires were sent to all 2879 Lithuanian dental practitioners registered on the Lithuanian Dental Chamber licence registry data list. The questionnaire was made with multiple-choice answers. Respondents were invited to choose the only one category of answer that best fitted their clinical attitude. Questions included in the present survey concerned general and specific information regarding peculiarities of radiographic imaging. Only answers of respondents who are licensed as general dentists were included in this study.
Results. From the 2850 questionnaires mailed 1532 were returned. The response rate was 53.8%. Of the total responses 1431 questionnaires were received from licensed general dentists. Of total 956 dentists practiced in urban and 576 dentists in rural areas. 61.6% of respondents had access to an intra-oral radiographic unit in their practice and 91.5% of them used dental radiography always or often as the diagnostic tool. To support the film packet in the patient's mouth alternatively film holder or patient's finger was used by 48% of respondents, while film holder was used only by 19.3% of dentists.
Conclusion. Recently graduated dental practitioners more common used diagnostic radiography in endodontic pathology than dentists with a longer time from graduation. Film holder was not a popular device among general dental practitioners to perform periapical radioraphs. It is important to improve the existing dental curriculum to ensure the necessary competency when using dental radiography and film holders routinely in clinical practice.
Key words: general dentist, survey, radiography.
Received: 22 06 2009
Accepted for publishing: 28 09 2009
*Institute of Odontology Faculty of Medicine Vilnius university
Vytaute Peciuliene* D.D.S, PhD, assoc. prof.
Jurate Rimkuviene* D.D.S, PhD, assist. prof.
Rasmute Maneliene* D.D.S, PhD, assoc. prof.
Saulius Drukteinis* D.D.S, PhD, lecturer
Address correspondence to assoc. prof. Vytaute Peciuliene, Institute of Odontology, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius university, Zalgirio 117, 08217, Vilnius.
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