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Impact of treatment provision on the epidemiological recording of root caries

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Angus Walls, Emeritus Professor Jimmy Steele CBE


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The estimation of root caries prevalence and the identification of risk factors for decay depend upon the successful identification of carious lesions in epidemiological studies. Root surface restorations can either be placed to manage decay or cervical wear/sensitivity. The handling of data for restorations during epidemiological surveys is critical to the accurate assessment of caries prevalence. The objective of this study was to determine the relative frequency of dentists' placing root surface restorations according to their reason for placement. Data for 696 restorations were recorded from 35 dentists. Forty-five % of restorations were placed because of decay compared with 55% for cervical wear/sensitivity. There were no significant differences in proportion of placement of restoration with age of the patient or between regular and irregular attenders of different ages. Using these data a correction factor was developed for inclusion in the Root Caries Index (RCI) to make allowance for the proportion of restorations placed because of wear/ sensitivity. When this correction factor was introduced into an existing data-set for root caries, the RCI was reduced for all groups. This reduction was greatest in regular attenders. When these data were analysed without making allowance for treatment effects, there was a significant difference in RCI between regular and irregular attenders. When the correction factor was applied to these data, this difference was eliminated. © Eur J Oral Sci, 2000.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Steele JG; Walls AWG; Silver PT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Oral Sciences

Year: 2000

Volume: 108

Issue: 1

Pages: 3-8

ISSN (print): 0909-8836

ISSN (electronic): 1600-0722

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1034/j.1600-0722.2000.00767.x

PubMed id: 10706470


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