Orthodontic Treatment Knowledge among General Dentists and Non-orthodontic Specialists

  • Asal Acharya, Dr Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Praveen Mishra, Dr Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Rabindra Man Shrestha, Dr Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Pooja Shah, Dr Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: General dentist, malocclusion, non-orthodontic specialist, orthodontist

Abstract

Introduction: General dentists and specialists other than orthodontist may encounter patient requiring orthodontic treatment. For proper counseling and referral, it is important that general dentists and non-orthodontic specialists have adequate level of orthodontic knowledge.

Objective: To assess the knowledge of orthodontic treatment among general dentists and non-orthodontic specialists and to compare the knowledge between the two groups.

Materials & Method: A descriptive cross sectional study using questionnaire was performed among 185 actively practicing general dentists and non-orthodontic specialists of Nepal. The questionnaire comprised of three parts. The first part included demographic details, second part contained 5 multiple choice questions regarding orthodontic counseling and third part integrated 18 questions for evaluating knowledge of orthodontic treatment. Each correct answer was given score 1 and every incorrect answer was scored zero in the third part of the questionnaire.

Result: Among total participants, 60.5% think first orthodontic evaluation of a child should be carried out within 7 to 8 years of age and 44.3% think orthodontic treatment can even be started after 40 years of age. Around 66% of the participants think that orthodontic treatment cannot be performed in periodontally compromised cases. No significant difference was found between the mean scores of knowledge among general dentists and non-orthodontic specialists (p=0.891), or among dentists with different years of experience (p=0.644).

Conclusion: There is a need for more education of orthodontic treatment concepts to the dentists who do not belong to orthodontic field for proper counseling and referral.

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Author Biographies

Asal Acharya, Dr, Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Department of Orthdontics, Post Graduate student

Praveen Mishra, Dr, Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal

 Department of Orthodontics, Professor

Rabindra Man Shrestha, Dr, Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Department of Orthodontics, Professor

Pooja Shah, Dr, Kantipur Dental College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Department of Orthodntics, Post Graduate student

Published
2019-09-20
How to Cite
Acharya, A., Mishra, P., Shrestha, R., & Shah, P. (2019). Orthodontic Treatment Knowledge among General Dentists and Non-orthodontic Specialists. Orthodontic Journal of Nepal, 9(1), 40-44. https://doi.org/10.3126/ojn.v9i1.25689
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