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Success rate, costs and long-term stability of treatment with activator/headgear combinations
2016 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 40, no 1, 67-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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The aims of this study were to evaluate treatment outcome with activator-headgear combinations carried out by general dental practitioners, overall costs, long-term stability and patients' satisfaction with treatment outcome. Patients who were recommended to start treatment in 2006 were included in this study (n=97). Inclusion criteria were:Class II Division with at least half a cusp width distal molar relationship, overjet >= 6 mm and presence of dental records. Data were collected, pre-treatment, post-treatment and 3 years after treatment for those with favorable outcome. Patients at follow-up completed a questionnaire about satisfaction with treatment outcome, perceived pain and discomfort during treatment, and subjective need for additional treatment. Eighty-five patients were analyzed, 52 boys and 33 girls (mean age 11.2 years SD 1.39). Thirty-five patients had successful treatment outcome,15 partially successful and 35 had an unsuccessful outcome. Total costs for all 85 patients amounted to SEK 1405000 including both direct and indirect costs. Thirty-eight patients participated in the 3-year follow-up. Treatment outcomes were then categorized as successful in 28 patients, partially successful in 9 patients and patient was judged as unsuccessful. Median values on VAS (0-100) for overall satisfaction with treatment and treatment outcome were high, 78 and 84 respectively. Median value for perceived pain and discomfort during treatment was 42. Just over half of the patients had a favorable treatment outcome. Patients with favorable outcome were stable over time and satisfied with treatment.

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Gavleborg Cty Council, Publ Dent Serv, Orthodont Clin, Gavle, Sweden. Uppsala Univ, Gavleborg Cty Council, Ctr Res & Dev, Gavle, Sweden., 2016. Vol. 40, no 1, 67-77 p.
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class II treatment, headgear activator, success rate, costs
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298035ISI: 000374716300008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298035DiVA: diva2:948412
Available from: 2016-07-11 Created: 2016-06-29 Last updated: 2016-07-11

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