ISSN: 0975-8798, 0976-156X
Amit Vinayak Naik, Ranjana C Pai
Many a times, a situation arises where the dentist/ prosthodontist has to make a decision of extracting periodontically weakened teeth before making a final treatment plan for rehabilitating the patient. The purpose of this study is to understand the different criteria followed by dentists to indicate teeth with periodontitis for extraction. A questionnaire was formatted and distributed to 200 dentists in colleges and private clinics. The criteria for evaluation included a) tooth mobility b) loss of tooth attachment ( c) furcation involvement (d) perio- endo lesions (e) referral to a periodontist for evaluation (f) radiographic bone loss greater than 50% (g) socio- economic status of the patient ( h) prosthodontic planning. It was found that the most commonly used criteria was the presence of mobility (41%) followed by severity of bone loss (24.5%) and radiographic evaluation of bone loss (22.1%). The study pointed out the variability of the criteria of different operators and the need for combined treatment planning and prognosis from multi specialities i,e periodontics, prosthodontics and endodontics.
Published Date: 2010-12-31;