Townie® Poll

When to Start Early Treatment

Poll conducted from 11/17/2008 To 12/16/2008

Do you do early treatment in the mixed dentition?
67 total votes
91%
a. Yes
9%
b. No
At what age do you consider early (interceptive) treatment?
55 total votes
33%
a. Age eight
33%
b. Age eight to 10
4%
c. Age 10 to12
2%
d. Depends on if patient is female or male
29%
e. Depends on panoramic picture
For mixed dentition patients, what do you do most often?
52 total votes
52%
a. Evaluate primary/permanent tooth size relationships
23%
b. Evaluate for over-retention of primary teeth
17%
c. Suggest serial rrimary tooth removal for crowding
8%
d. Consider primary and permanent tooth removal for crowding
What is your opinion of early treatment (Phase I)?
54 total votes
67%
a. It prevents complex treatment problems later
28%
c. It creates more overall treatment for the patient
6%
d. It increases cost to the patient
0%
e. It decreases cost to the patient
What is the best advantage that early treatment offers your patients?
54 total votes
61%
a. Simplifies complex treatment problems
11%
b. Improves smile/self-esteem at early age
2%
c. Prevents later treatment (Phase II)
26%
d. Helps guide un-erupted permanent teeth into place
What is the biggest disadvantage of early treatment (Phase I)?
54 total votes
15%
a. Increases cost to patient
39%
b. Increases total treatment time
13%
c. Doesn't prevent future treatment (Phase II)
22%
d. Wears out the cooperation of the patient
11%
e. There are no disadvantages when used selectively
In what special circumstances is early treatment most positively indicated?
54 total votes
46%
a. Anterior cross-bites
37%
b. Posterior cross-bites
0%
c. Anterior open-bites
9%
d. Impacted anterior permanent teeth
7%
e. There are no special circumstances
What has been your experience with early treatment?
55 total votes
24%
a. Very positive
38%
b. Good in most cases
38%
c. Only positively indicated in very select cases
0%
d. Has not been a positive experience for the patient
0%
e. Has not been a positive experience for the office

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