EVALUATION OF CLINICAL PROCEDURES IN DENTISTRY.
Annual progress rept. 1 July-31 Dec 63,
MISSOURI UNIV KANSAS CITY SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
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In order to determine a more efficient means of processing and treating dental patients, this study has been carried ouc comparing conventional methods with newer techniques. Experience with panoramic radiographic methods indicates a time savings of 87 to survey, fifteen per cent time savings to develop, patient and operator acceptance is favorable and film evaluation has not been attempted. Clinical examination methods are being modified by using dictating and transcribing equipment. A study employing ultrasonics for prophylaxis shows a time savings of 17 for operator and patient, ultrasonics appears to remove deposits effectively and operator and patient acceptance is good. Radio frequency heating is being investigated as a means of heating and casting dental alloys. Plans are being formulated to investigate the possible advantages of expanding the duties and areas of responsibility of auxiliary personnel. The approval of the local dental society and the state board will be sought before definite steps are taken in this area of study. Author