Treatment of temporomandibular disorders - knowledge, attitudes and clinical experience among general practising dentists in Sweden.

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Title Treatment of temporomandibular disorders - knowledge, attitudes and clinical experience among general practising dentists in Sweden.
Author Lindfors, Erik ; Tegelberg, Åke ; Magnusson, Tomas ; Ernberg, Malin
Date 2016
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OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate the self-perceived level of knowledge, attitudes and clinical experience in treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) among general practising dentists (GPDs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A web-based questionnaire was sent to all GPDs in the public dental health service in the County of Uppsala in 2010 (n = 128) and 2014 (n = 113). The GPDs were asked to answer questions in the following categories: Demographic information, Quality assurance, Clinical experience and treatment, Need for specialist resources in the field of TMD and Attitudes. Between the two questionnaires, the GPDs were offered TMD education and an examination template including three TMD questions was introduced in the computer case files. The results were also compared with a previous questionnaire from 2001. RESULTS: The response rate was 71% (2010) and 73% (2014). The majority of the GPDs were women (70% in 2010 and 72% in 2014). The reported frequency of taking a case history of facial pain and headache increased between 2010 and 2014. In 2014, the GPDs were more secure and reported higher frequency of good clinical routines in treatment with jaw exercises and pharmacological intervention compared to 2001. Interocclusal appliance was the treatment with which most dentists felt confident and reported good clinical routines. CONCLUSIONS: The GPDs felt more insecure concerning TMD diagnostics, therapy decisions and treatment in children/adolescents compared to adults. There is a high need for orofacial pain/TMD specialists and a majority of the GPDs wants the specialists to offer continuing education in TMD.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00016357.2016.1196295 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Acta Odontologica Scandinavica;6
Volume 74
ISSN 0001-6357
Pages 460-465
Language eng (iso)
Subject Dentistry
jaw exercises
occlusal splint
orofacial pain
postgraduate education
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22007 Permalink to this page
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