Townie® Poll

Locally Administered Antibiotic

Poll conducted from 5/18/2006 To 6/20/2006

Does your primary work setting have a standardized periodontal treatment protocol?
384 total votes
69%
Yes
31%
No
If you don’t have a perio program, how do you handle these cases?
244 total votes
56%
Referral to a specialist
2%
We don’t see periodontal disease in our population
42%
We’re in the process of developing a protocol
How often do you do a complete probing and charting of your patients?
244 total votes
30%
At every DH visit
58%
Once a year
11%
Sometimes
1%
Never
Who in your primary work setting does the majority of the periodontal charting?
242 total votes
93%
RDH
1%
DDS/DMD
6%
Both RDH and DDS/DMD equally
What is the biggest issue preventing your patients from accepting periodontal treatment in your practice?
239 total votes
57%
Lack of insurance coverage
22%
Lack of patient understanding of the value of the treatment
8%
Lack of staff support for periodontal treatment
13%
Other
In your primary practice, are non-surgical therapy visits scheduled for
236 total votes
40%
Quadrants
43%
Half mouth
8%
Full mouth
0%
Sextants
9%
Gross Scale/Fine Scale
In your primary practice, is the non-surgical therapy accomplished with
235 total votes
1%
Hand instruments only
0%
Power scalers only
87%
Primarily power scalers followed by hand instruments
12%
Primarily hand instruments, with some use of a power scaler
Do you use a locally applied antimicrobial (LAA) system?
232 total votes
63%
Yes
37%
No
Are you pleased with the results you get from your LAA system?
186 total votes
42%
Yes, very satisfied
48%
Somewhat satisfied
10%
Not satisfied
What is the average gain in clinical attachment seen in your patients?
183 total votes
4%
0.4 mm or less
9%
0.5 mm
38%
1.0 mm
31%
1.5 mm
17%
2.0 mm
What system or systems are you currently using?
182 total votes
65%
Arestin
4%
PerioChip
1%
Atridox
7%
More than one of the above
8%
Something else
15%
No LAA used
Which is your locally administered antibiotic (LAA) product of choice?
182 total votes
67%
Arestin
3%
PerioChip
4%
Atridox
4%
More than one of the above
6%
Something else
15%
No LAA used
At what probing depth do you place an LAA?
163 total votes
3%
4 mm probing depth
52%
5 mm probing depth
37%
6 mm probing depth
8%
7 mm + probing depth
Who decides which LAA is used in the office?
161 total votes
34%
RDH
19%
DDS/DMD
47%
RDH and DDS/DMD
How do you charge for this service?
159 total votes
60%
Per Individual Site
16%
Per Tooth
7%
Per Quadrant
10%
Per Unit Dose
7%
No Additional Charge
Do you have an option available for patients with an antibiotic allergy?
159 total votes
24%
Yes
76%
No
When do you place a LAA?
157 total votes
11%
At the time of initial instrumentation
32%
Only for non-responding sites
50%
Both of the above
6%
Other
Do you provide subgingival instrumentation prior to placement?
157 total votes
4%
Sometimes
95%
Always
1%
Never
What is your primary work setting?
157 total votes
90%
General Practice
9%
Specialty
1%
Other
What is your job title?
157 total votes
99%
Dental hygienist
1%
Dentist

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