Dentists' and patients' opinions of the dental condition at moment of full clearance

Jelte Bouma, Rob M.H. Schaub, Fons van de Poel, Gert Westert

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    Reasons for full mouth extraction in an urban and a rural area in The Netherlands (dentist‐patient ratio 1:2500 and 1:5700 respectively) have been studied. Patients who participated in this combined sociodental research project were those who received full mouth extractions over a period of 1 yr. The combined patient response was 75% and the overall dentist response 90%. In the urban and the rural areas respectively 137 and 237 cases of full mouth extraction were recorded. When comparing the dentists' diagnoses with the conditions of the dentitions there appeared to be a fair degree of agreement in most of the cases, although some striking deviations were also found. In the relationship between the patient's opinion and the condition of the dentition some unexplained discrepancies were found: 37% of the dentitions in which the teeth and attachment were in a healthy condition were perceived as bad by the patients. Dentists and patients agreed in their perceptions of the dental conditions in 60% of the cases. In 27% there was a strong disagreement. In most of the discrepancies found plausible explanations could be given. In some cases this was not possible. As this involves a substantial minority of cases, dentists should be aware of reasons other than the clinical condition in the disabling treatment of full clearance
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-84
    Number of pages6
    JournalCommunity Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr-1987

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