Preferences over dental restorative materials among young patients and dental professionals.

Espelid, I; Cairns, J; Askildsen, JE; Qvist, V; Gaarden, T; Tveit, AB; (2006) Preferences over dental restorative materials among young patients and dental professionals. European journal of oral sciences, 114 (1). pp. 15-21. ISSN 0909-8836 DOI:

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Knowledge of the patient's view is necessary, as patients' rights are an issue of increasing importance in dental practice. This study aimed to examine how dentists (n = 42), dental assistants (n = 65), and young dental patients (n = 306) in Norway and Denmark valued three attributes of dental restorations, namely, expected longevity, the appearance, and the risk of an adverse reaction. According to the discrete choice method, participants were presented with several scenarios, describing different levels of the attributes, for comparison of two restorations (A and B). The differences among patients, dentists, and dental assistants were examined by logistic regression analyses. The likelihood of a dentist favoring one restoration over another was very sensitive to the difference in the expected longevity of the restorations, and much less to differences in visibility. The patients had considerable sensitivity to differences in visibility and much less to differences in duration. Danish teenagers attach less importance to visibility of the restoration and greater importance to the risk of an adverse reaction than Norwegian teenagers. All differences were statistically significant. Preferences associated with properties of dental restorations differ between teenage patients and dental professionals and this should be addressed in clinical decision-making.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 16460336
Web of Science ID: 235169500003


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