Master of Science in Dentistry
Purpose: To explore the variance in treatment planning options with interdisciplinary cases that involve a combination of endodontic, periodontic, and prosthodontic factors.
Methods: A REDCap survey was emailed to Virginia based American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) members, American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) members, and periodontal residents to assessing various treatment planning options for six interdisciplinary cases.
Results: A total of 56 individuals responded to the survey; 10 periodontal residents, 35 practicing periodontists, 11 practicing prosthodontists. Response rate was not able to be evaluated based on the fact that third-party organizations were used to disseminate the survey in addition to directly contacting individuals. A wide variance in responses was seen for each case with few aspects obtaining statistical significance. Overall trends suggested that induvial treatment planning philosophy outweighs trends seen by profession type.
Conclusions: While diagnosis is widely regarded as an objective description of a patient’s disease state, treatment planning solutions are widely subjective and may benefit from a more standardized approach.
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