Research opportunities

Project 025 – Qualitative study exploring general dental practitioners’ views of Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation (MIH) and its management in UK and Australia

Introduction

Children with MIH affected teeth can be impacted both functionally, aesthetically and psychosocially. Management of this condition presents several challenges to the dental team as there is limited evidence to support whether to restore or extract these teeth. 

Aim

To explore knowledge and attitudes of general dental practitioners in the UK and Australia regarding their views and experiences of managing MIH), compare findings and determine challenges and barriers to care and treatment planning from a general dental practitioners’ point of view from two different countries.

Who can participate?

Practising general dentists.

What will you be asked to do?

Participate in a semi-structured interview to explore views on knowledge and experience in managing MIH in general practice and any challenges and barriers faced. The study will be conducted across UK and Australia and take no longer than 45 minutes per participant. All data collected will be anonymised.

Why should you participate?

  • Management of this condition presents several challenges ranging from behaviour management to restorability, aesthetics, sensitivity and the developing occlusion; and
  • to provide insight into the perceptions, attitudes, experiences and beliefs of dental practitioners’ management of MIH in children, particularly the associated barriers and anticipated challenges of applying evidence-based management tools in clinical practice.

How do you participate?

Please email

Who are the researchers?

  • Dr Mihiri Silva, Chief Investigator
  • Dr Greig Taylor, Chief Investigator
  • Dr Rachel Osborne, Associate Investigator

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Project 024 – Diagnostic performance of digital 2D periapical radiography and 3D cone beam computed tomography 

Introduction

There is limited information available about the diagnostic performance of commonly used imaging modalities in dentistry.

Aims

  • To assess the diagnostic performance of digital 2D periapical radiography compared to 3D cone beam computed tomography in the detection of dental abnormalities using a free response paradigm.
  • To identify factors affecting performance of both imaging modalities.

Who can participate?

Practising general dentists in Victoria.

What will you be asked to do?

You will be asked to interpret 60 periapical and 120 cone beam computed tomography images, spread over two reading sessions. This will be done in person on a provided computer workstation, at a location convenient for you.

You will perform a total of 180 image interpretations for this study. We anticipate it will take approximately four hours to complete the two reading sessions (two hours each session).

At the beginning of the study, we will ask you some demographic questions relating to your experience as a radiologist or dentist. You will have the opportunity to review your reports and receive feedback on your diagnostic performance.

Why should you participate?

  • This project is in collaboration with the Medical Imaging Optimisation and Perception Group at The University of Sydney, whose research publications in medical image perception are amongst the world’s best;
  • This is a world first study in dentistry using sophisticated measurement techniques and diagnostic performance assessment;
  • The results of this study will provide data never collected before; clinicians will be able to know how well diagnostic dental imaging performs and how diagnostic imaging is interpreted; and
  • This will help clinicians understand the factors that drive performance, which can be used to tailor strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy in dentistry.

How do you participate?

Please email 

Who are the researchers?

  • Dr Ernest Ekpo, Chief Investigator
  • Prof Patrick Brennan, Chief Investigator
  • Dr Kehn Yapp, Associate Investigator

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