Author(s): Han UK, Vig KW, Weintraub JA, Vig PS, Kowalski CJ
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Abstract The purpose of this study was to evaluate how incremental information obtained from different types of diagnostic records contributes to the determination of orthodontic treatment decisions. Pretreatment records of 57 orthodontic patients were assessed by five orthodontists who were part-time faculty members and also in private practice. This sample consisted of dental school orthodontic patients who had Class II malocclusions and included patients at three different dental developmental stages. The following diagnostic records were used: study models (S), facial photographs (F), a panoramic radiograph (P), a lateral cephalogram (C), and its tracing (T). Five combinations of diagnostic records were presented to the orthodontists in the following sequence: (1) S; (2) S + F; (3) S + F + P; (4) S + F + P + C; and (5) S + F + P + C + T. The simultaneous interpretation of all diagnostic records (S + F + P + C + T) was used as the "diagnostic standard." There was a diagnostic standard for each of the patients and for each of the orthodontists. The diagnostic standard was achieved: (1) S = 54.9\%, (2) S + F = 54.2\%, (3) S + F + P = 60.9\%, and (4) S + F + P + C = 59.9\%. Thus, in a majority of cases (55\%), study models alone provided adequate information for treatment planning, and incremental addition of information from other types of diagnostic records made small differences.
This article was published in Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop
and referenced in Dentistry