Townie® Poll

Periodontics

Poll conducted from 3/7/2006 To 4/6/2006

Do you routinely advise your patients of the relationship between periodontal disease and other medical conditions?
468 total votes
71%
Yes
29%
No
Do you send implant placements to your local periodontist?
309 total votes
32%
Yes
30%
No
38%
I refer to Periodontist and Oral Surgeon
How many full time hygienists do you employ? [Note: 2 part time = 1 full time]
298 total votes
60%
0.5 – 1
32%
2 – 3
7%
4 or more
Are you interested in expanding hygiene services in your office with a dental assistant trained in coronal polishing?
305 total votes
33%
Yes
49%
No
15%
We already have this option in my state and we love it
3%
We already have this option in my state and it’s not worth it
How would you describe hygiene compensation in your area?
300 total votes
53%
They receive a fair wage based on supply and demand
5%
They are underpaid due to oversupply
43%
They are overpaid due to lack of supply
Do you routinely provide intra-pocket medicaments to your patients? [ex. PerioChip, Atridox, etc.]
303 total votes
45%
Yes
44%
No
12%
Used them in the past, no longer offered in our office
What is your opinion about the impact of lasers on the treatment of periodontal disease?
286 total votes
44%
I’m waiting on the sidelines for more proof that they work
45%
I’m interested, but I can’t justify the cost
10%
I will never buy a laser
Will you consider the purchase of a soft-tissue laser in the next 3 years?
296 total votes
44%
Yes
56%
No
If a patient is diagnosed with gum disease, but just wants a “regular cleaning” due to financial reasons, what do you do?
300 total votes
20%
Refuse to treat the patient
70%
Provide the cleaning with appropriate notations in chart
10%
Provide a scaling/root planing at a discount
What percentage of patients diagnosed with periodontal disease do you refer to the periodontist for treatment?
303 total votes
18%
None. All patients are treated in my office
54%
25%
18%
50%
9%
100%

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