Townie® Poll

Which ultrasonic device do you and/or your hygienist use?

Poll conducted from 3/8/2004 To 4/6/2004

Which ultrasonic device do you and/or your hygienist use?
515 total votes
54%
Piezo ultrasonic
46%
Magneto Restrictive ultrasonic
The hygiene area of my practice is:
260 total votes
13%
Very profitable
11%
Slightly profitable
31%
Break-even
33%
Slightly unprofitable
12%
Very unprofitable
Approximately how many treatment hours do you schedule a hygienist in your office per week?
292 total votes
12%
Zero, I do not have a hygienist
10%
8 - 16
28%
17 - 32
29%
33 - 48
11%
49 - 64
6%
65 - 80
5%
81 or more
Approximately how many total treatment hours is a dentist scheduled for non-hygiene procedures per week? (Including all doctors in the practice)
284 total votes
35%
17 - 32
48%
33 - 48
8%
49 - 64
4%
65 - 80
4%
81 or more
Do you have a Soft Tissue Program in place?
283 total votes
66%
Yes
34%
No
Do you utilize an assistant for assisted (accelerated) hygiene?
286 total votes
23%
Yes
77%
No
Do you have a front office receptionist who does hygiene coordination and scheduling as a full-time job?
285 total votes
25%
Yes
75%
No
What % of your practice is on active recall?
284 total votes
11%
Less than 25%
24%
26 - 50%
36%
51 - 75%
29%
76% or greater
What % of your new patients do you diagnose with the need for scaling and root planning?
286 total votes
16%
1 - 10%
29%
11 - 20%
26%
21 - 30%
13%
31 - 40%
17%
41% or more
What percentage of your patient base has some form of periodontal disease?
287 total votes
3%
1 - 10%
14%
11 - 20%
19%
21 - 30%
17%
31 - 40%
18%
41 -50%
29%
51% or more
Do you use lasers to treat perio?
289 total votes
11%
Yes
89%
No
If you are not using a laser what is prohibiting you from adding lasers to your periodontal program?
259 total votes
46%
High cost
17%
Lack of peer-reviewed evidence
19%
No need
19%
Lack of education about perio and lasers
How important is it for you to get a patient’s periodontal condition stable before treating their restorative needs?
288 total votes
18%
I always get perio stable first.
60%
I almost always get perio stable first.
15%
I sometimes get perio stable first.
5%
I seldom get perio stable first.
1%
I do the restorative first so the patient has an investment to take care of.
2%
I let the patient decide what they want first.
How do you and your hygiene department manage the periodontal disease of your patients?
282 total votes
9%
My hygienist does the diagnosis and treatment.
37%
I diagnose it and my hygienist treats it.
13%
We use ProDentec STM program.
26%
We have created our own periodontal program.
8%
We do not have a specific periodontal program
6%
We refer it to a specialist.
How often do you do full mouth 6 point probing and charting on your new patients?
285 total votes
2%
Never
9%
Seldom
24%
Sometimes
65%
Always
How often do you do PSC screening on your patients?
284 total votes
37%
Never
15%
Seldom
17%
Sometimes
31%
Always
Of your active perio patients, for what % do you administer Chemo therapeutics?
285 total votes
40%
1-10%
18%
11 - 20%
15%
21 - 30%
5%
31 - 40%
5%
41 - 50%
16%
51% or more
What type of chemotherapeutic agents do you use most often?
275 total votes
31%
Arestin
4%
Perio Chip
5%
Atridox
49%
Chlorahexidine rinse
11%
RX for antibiotics
What would be your treatment recommendation for a patient who presented with: 4 mm pockets, bleeding on probing, no bone loss?
288 total votes
23%
Prophy only
7%
Prophy & site specific or systemic antibiotics
41%
Debridement with a follow-up prophy
11%
Debridement & site specific or systemic antibiotics with a follow-up prophy
14%
SRP
3%
SRP & site specific or systemic antibiotics
1%
Refer to periodontist
What would be your treatment recommendation for a patient who presented with: 5-6 mm pockets, bleeding on probing, with bone loss?
286 total votes
0%
Prophy only
0%
Prophy & site specific or systemic antibiotics
6%
Debridement with a follow-up prophy
9%
Debridement & site specific or systemic antibiotics with a follow-up prophy
32%
SRP
42%
SRP & site specific or systemic antibiotics
10%
Refer to periodontist
When you refer patients to a specialist for treatment, what percentage of patients do you believe follow through with the referral?
284 total votes
23%
1 - 25%
25%
26 - 50%
29%
51 - 75%
24%
76 - 99%
What percent of the time is your hygiene department treating perio patients with scaling & root planning, soft tissue management, etcetera?
279 total votes
23%
1 - 10%
29%
11 - 20%
22%
21 - 30%
9%
31 - 40%
6%
41 - 50%
11%
51% or more
Which camp do you subscribe to?
284 total votes
10%
Only biofilm removal is necessary
90%
Complete calculus removal is necessary
Do you teach your patients that calculus causes periodontal disease?
284 total votes
63%
Yes
37%
No
Which do your patients prefer more?
283 total votes
34%
Hand scalers
66%
Ultrasonics
Are you using ultrasonic scalers for subgingival debridement?
287 total votes
97%
Yes
3%
No
What is the most important factor in selecting an Ultrasonic Scaler?
280 total votes
19%
Cost
3%
Size
34%
Tip Selection
11%
Handpiece Ergonomics
33%
Patient Sensitivity
How often do you recommend home irrigation?
280 total votes
77%
0 - 5 times per week
13%
1 - 2 times per month
10%
Once every 2 months
Do you currently stock oral health products in your office to dispense/sell to your patients?
284 total votes
77%
Yes
23%
No

Sponsors

Townie Perks

Townie® Poll

What do you use to take routine X-rays?


  

Site Help

Sally Gross, Member Services
Phone: +1-480-445-9710
Email: sally@farranmedia.com

Follow Dentaltown

Mobile App

WITH DENTALTOWN . . . NO DENTIST WILL EVER HAVE TO PRACTICE SOLO AGAIN®

WWW.DENTALTOWN.COM - WHERE THE DENTAL COMMUNITY LIVES®

9633 S. 48th Street Suite 200 • Phoenix, AZ 85044 · Phone: +1-480-598-0001 · Fax: +1-480-598-3450
©1999-2019 Dentaltown, L.L.C., a division of Farran Media, L.L.C. · All Rights Reserved