Temporomandibular disorders in children and adolescents: a survey of dentists' attitudes, routine and experience
2001 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 25, no 3, 119-127 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to survey the experience and routine of, attitudes toward, and need for specialist resources in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) in children and adolescents among public dentists. A questionnaire study was conducted in three counties in Sweden: Ostergötland, Västmanland, and Göteborg. The questionnaire was sent to 286 Public Dental Service dentists. It contained questions on demographic issues, quality assurance, clinical experience and expertise, attitudes, and the need for specialist resources. Eighty-seven per cent (250) of the dentists answered the questionnaire. The dentists in the three areas reported good routine and safety in occlusal splint treatments (74%-81%), occlusal equilibration (28%-55%), jaw exercise (25%-29%), and medication treatments (3%-55%). Good experience concerning diagnostics and therapy decision was reported by 25%-50% of the dentists. A significantly greater portion of the dentists in Västmanland had attended courses in TMD compared with the two other counties (p = 0.001). Registrations of quality variables such as verbal and/or written case histories with questions on facial pain and tension-type headache (1%-39%) and measurements of jaw openings were performed less frequently in the three counties (0%-5%). Fifty-five per cent of the dentists had a positive attitude toward the care of children and adolescents with TMD. A large need for specialist resources with the possibility to send referrals or to consult was reported by 98%-100% of the respondents, to participate in continuing education by 97%-98%, and to do auscultation by 61%-82%. In conclusion, many of the dentists lacked routines for making diagnoses, deciding therapy, and judging treatment results. Good routines were reported only in occlusal splint therapy. The majority of the dentists had a positive attitude toward the care of children and adolescents with TMD-related symptoms. The majority of the dentists reported a great need for TMD specialists.he
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2001. Vol. 25, no 3, 119-127 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-62278PubMedID: 11813448OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-62278DiVA: diva2:90189