Treatment procedures and referral patterns of general dentists in Lithuania
Materials and methods: Census sampling was employed and the data collected by means of a structured questionnaire asking dentists about the frequency of specific treatment proce- dures they perform and the frequency of referrals they make to different dental specialists. The results are of a self-reported nature.
Results: From general dental practice, 76.3% of cases needing orthodontic treatment were referred to orthodontists. About half of patients needing specialized care were referred to periodontists (50.2%), orthopedists (46.9%) and oral surgeons (45.0). More than one-third (39%) of the cases needing specialist care were referred to endodontists. Only one-third of patients were referred to pediatric dentists. In about 60% of cases needing respective care general dentists extracted teeth and roots, made incisions in acute jaw infections and treated young children; in about half of cases general dentists performed complex endodontic manipulations and treatment with fixed and removable prostheses.
Conclusions: There is a clear need for Lithuanian dental practitioners to refer patients to all types of dental specialists. Undergraduate dental education program and postgraduate training should be more directed toward the extraction of teeth and roots, treatment of young children and provision of dental prostheses to patients
Berlin, V.; Pūrienė, A.; Pečiulienė, V.; Aleksejūnienė, J. Treatment procedures and referral patterns of general dentists in Lithuania. Medicina 2015, 51, 296-301.
Berlin V, Pūrienė A, Pečiulienė V, Aleksejūnienė J. Treatment procedures and referral patterns of general dentists in Lithuania. Medicina. 2015; 51(5):296-301.Chicago/Turabian Style
Berlin, Vilija; Pūrienė, Alina; Pečiulienė, Vytautė; Aleksejūnienė, Jolanta. 2015. "Treatment procedures and referral patterns of general dentists in Lithuania." Medicina 51, no. 5: 296-301.