Specific National Dental PBRN Studies Testimonials


Anthony J. Tortomasi, DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Apr 18, 2011

Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy
Persistent pain and root canal therapy

My staff and I participated in the network study “Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy“ and “Persistent pain and root canal therapy“. This was my first  study and it was a good experience. The study data packets were well organized and after the first couple of patients data collection went along smoothly. Participation rate for the study was good and I look forward to learning the study results. I am especially interested in being able to compare the findings from our practice to other practices. I hope that this study and others like it help to improve the quality of dental care. My staff and I look forward to participating in future network studies.

James A. Smith, Jr., DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Apr 1, 2011

Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy
Persistent pain and root canal therapy

My staff and I participated in the Perioperative Pain and Root Canal Therapy and the Persistent Pain and Root Canal Therapy studies. This was our first time to be involved with a clinical study and the experience was a very good one. Most of the patients who were asked to participate were very willing and seemed to take ownership in the fact that they were contributing to clinical knowledge that will help others. We hope to be involved with future National Dental PBRN projects.

Emery "Mike" Cole, DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Feb 23, 2011

Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy
Persistent pain and root canal therapy

My participation in the studies, "Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy" and "Persistent pain and root canal therapy", was not only an informative experience for the practice but also for the patients. After participating in several studies, I have concluded that many patients feel a sense of "contribution" to the evolution of dentisty. As a participating dentist, this study encouraged a review of the routines that I curently use in root canal therapy and the reasons behind those routines. I look forward to the results and conclusions of these studies in hope of improving the manner in which I practice dentistry.

The study flowed very well in the office and the data forms were easily implemented before, during and after treatment. Staff and dentist training was excellent and this resulted in the ease at which patients were enrolled and the resulting high acceptance rate of participation.

James Ballard, DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Jan 18, 2011

Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy
Persistent pain and root canal therapy

My staff and I participated in the study “Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy“ and “Persistent pain and root canal therapy“. I was recommended to participate in this study and join the network by Dr. Ann O’Rear, a general dentist in Pelham, Alabama, who has participated in several studies. This is the first study I have participated in and I felt it would be a challenge in my busy office, but after the first few patients things went along smoothly.

The data packets were well organized and instructions about how to complete the data forms was clear. I felt that taking part in a study that will provide information beneficial to my patients is important. My staff and I are looking forward to learning the results of the information gathered, and we are pleased to know that the individual results for our practice will be provided.

Ronald Dichiara, DDS

Testimonal Posted on: Oct 12, 2010

Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy
Persistent pain and root canal therapy

The root canal studies entitled “Peri-operative pain and root canal therapy“ and “Persistent pain and root canal therapy“ were the first network projects in which I and my office participated. I was recruited to join the network by Dr. Jocelyn McClelland, a general dentist in Alabaster, Alabama, who has participated in several studies and who has presented findings at national and international research meetings.

These studies can be challenging because of the perceptions that many patients have when coming to an endodontist for root canal treatment, especially when they are in pain. However, they typically understand the importance of doing studies, and they see our practice as something “special” because we are participating in studies designed to improve their health outcomes and quality of care. Participation rates have been very good and we are eager to see the results from these studies. I am especially interested in being able to compare the findings from our practice to other practices anonymously throughout the network.

Alan Law, DDS, PhD

Testimonal Posted on: Sep 22, 2010

Peri-Operative Pain and Root Canal Therapy
Persistent Pain and Root Canal Therapy

I joined the nation's network because I wanted to be part of a group that is attempting to answer questions that most practitioners ask. I have not been disappointed. In fact, I continue to be pleased and inspired by the enthusiasm of other clinician-investigators. What I had not expected to see was the level of commitment that my office team has demonstrated. After an initial period of getting organized, the network studies on root canal therapy quickly became part of our daily routine. I feel that patients sensed the comfort level of the team which made them more willing to enroll in the study. Out of 34 patients, only one did not enroll. We look forward to participating in future studies.

Dr. Robert W. Rives

Testimonal Posted on: Apr 7, 2010

Network Study: Blood sugar testing in dental practice

My office recently participated in the  Blood Sugar Study. The staff enjoyed participation as it was something out of the ordinary and a new avenue for treatment. As much emphasis as has been seen lately on the relation between diabetes and periodontal disease, as well as periodontal disease and other systemic disease of inflammatory origin, I feel that routine testing of blood glucose levels could become a useful tool. The outcome of periodontal treatment could be improved, as well as improvement in the overall health of the patient. The study was well received by the patients and easy to implement with the help of the coordinator from the network.

Dr. Adolphus Jackson, DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Jan 26, 2010

Network study: Blood sugar testing in dental practice

My staff and I were delighted to be a part of the study on Blood Glucose levels. One health risk that we already check as a standard rule is high blood pressure. This has proven to be effective in identifying patients who may be at risk of having hypertension. The testing of blood glucose levels in the dental office would definitely be useful in the dental setting. The patients were receptive to the idea of being able to know if their blood glucose level was within normal range. As a health care provider it is important for me to be able to give my patients as much information as possible about the effects of various health conditions on their dental health. It also shows that we are not only concerned about their dental health but their overall health and well being. Our patients were impressed to know that we place great emphasis on their total health by participating in the study. The staff enjoyed being a part of the study and we all look forward to participating in future studies. It’s a positive benefit for both the patients and the practice.

Dr. Wilson Wright, Jr.

Testimonal Posted on: Dec 11, 2009

Network study: Blood sugar testing in dental practice

Because dentists are health care professionals who perform risk assessments of patients’ oral health, they are trained to look for associations between oral and non-oral diseases. This should include chair-side screening and testing for certain non-oral diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus. In this DPBRN study about blood glucose screening in the dental office, many of our screened patients stated that this test was the first time that they had ever had this done.

We are glad that we participated in this study for several reasons. For example, these tests afford the dentist an opportune position to enhance the overall health and well-being of their patients. Our patients seemed impressed that we were conducting a scientific study and that we are part of an international practice-based research network. We feel that our participation not only benefits our patients, but that it also benefits the stature and quality of our practice.

Dr. Rick Redmond

Testimonal Posted on: Jan 16, 2009

Network studies: Reasons for replacement or repair of dental restorations and Patient satisfaction with dental restorations

I enjoyed participating in the study "Reasons for replacement or repair of dental restorations". All of the studies have been easy to incorporate into my practice with a minimum of hassle for both me and my staff, and this study was no exception.

I find it interesting to participate in research with actual clinical results and relevance. The long term results of this study should reveal a lot of trends in the use and longevity of different restoration materials. My patients, on the whole, were more than happy to take part in the study and I feel they liked helping UAB and the dental school by being in this study.

Dr. Michael Mann

Testimonal Posted on: Jan 13, 2009

Network studies: Reasons for replacement or repair of dental restorations and Patient satisfaction with dental restorations

The network study “Reasons for replacement or repair of dental restorations” seemed to take longer than the study “Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces” because most of the replacement restorations were single restorations. I was surprised how many restorations required replacement for reasons other that recurrent marginal caries (eg: tooth fracture, restoration fracture, caries in other surfaces, etc.) That’s the interesting thing about clinical research. Recorded data will sometimes point out unexpected trends that otherwise go unrecognized.

Our patients didn’t hesitate to participate when asked. I will be interested to see what the response to the survey reveals and how patient observations compare with ours.

 

Dr. Thomas Walker

Testimonal Posted on: Jan 13, 2009

Network studies: Reasons for replacement or repair of dental restorations and Patient satisfaction with dental restorations

Network study “Reasons for replacement or repair of dental restorations" was easier to complete than the study “Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces”. The forms were very concise and streamlined. The Research Coordinator came to our office and in her usual, vibrant way thoroughly explained everything for myself and my staff. The staff seemed to enjoy the study “Reasons for replacement or repair of dental restorations” more since the forms seemed easier than the study “Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces”. The patients were more than willing to participate since the $10 gift certificate was involved and we only heard positive feedback from them. As always it is a joy to work with the network and I look forward to seeing the results of this study.

Dr. Jocelyn McClelland

Testimonal Posted on: Jan 13, 2009

The National Dental PBRN study: Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces

Since being a participant in the study “Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces”, the ease and familiarity of the forms for the study “Reasons for replacement or repair of dental restorations” made it a very easy progression for myself and my staff. My patients responded very positively when asked for their participation in the study “Patient satisfaction with dental restorations”, filling out the questionnaire, feeling as if they, too, were able to play a role in the research project.

George J. Allen, DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Jul 10, 2008

National Dental PBRN study: CONDOR study of ONJ

 When I was requested to participate in the "CONDOR study of ONJ", I accepted with great enthusiasm. My previous experience with studies "Assessment of caries diagnosis and caries treatment" and "Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces" made me confident in completing research projects in a busy practice as well as in the positive impact it has on my patients and my practice. The "CONDOR study of ONJ" gave me the opportunity to contribute to the body of knowledge on the osteonecrosis of the jaw. Completing patient dental histories, seemingly daunting at first, proved to be a great learning experience. The data collection forms were easy to understand and well organized. Going through the forms, I realized that I can use certain parts of them in my own dental records. The information I received from the network staff made the process go smoothly and much quicker than expected.

William G. King, Jr, DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Mar 10, 2008

Network study: CONDOR study of ONJ

In the past few years I have had patients with Osteonecrosis of the jaws (ONJ) in my practice and therefore I was attracted by the study "CONDOR study of ONJ". It was my first participation in network studies and the research staff was very supportive throughout the study. I was able to complete the required training on my own pace and be ready for data collection in due time. The selection process of the controls was straight-forward and did not require much time from my staff. The instructions were clear and help was only a phone call away. I was impressed by the design of the data collection forms and by the in-depth information required by this study. Abstracting data from the charts made me appreciate the level of detail required by this type of study and the importance of maintaining detailed dental records. My patients who participated in the study had a positive experience and appreciated my involvement in this study. I believe that the ONJ study will have a great impact on the care of our patients and I am looking forward to future network studies.

Jeffrey Houtz, DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Oct 10, 2007

National Dental PBRN study: Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces

I participated in the study "Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces". Patients were very interested in being included in this research. After the initial learning curve, the data entry did not make my practice less efficient. I greatly value the principles of clinic-based dental research. Through these controlled scientific studies, dentists can learn which techniques are truly effective and evidence based. I am looking forward to future studies.

Lee Segrest, DMD

Testimonal Posted on: Apr 20, 2007

Network study: Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces

Initially, I was concerned about becoming involved with the study "Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces" because of how it might impact our daily routine at the office. Because of the training and orientation that the network team provided, the process of obtaining the needed information and the patient's consent was easily incorporated into the practice flow without causing any hardship. Most patients are more than willing to participate-no one has refused thus far-and they seem impressed that our practice is taking part in the study. In addition, the information obtained in the study is sure to impact the practice of dentistry in the near future with reliable clinical data that will allow us to provide optimal care for our patients.

Mike Bauer, DDS

Testimonal Posted on: Feb 16, 2007

National Dental PBRN study: Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces

I was involved in the study "Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces". While I found the study very easy to incorporate into my daily practice routine, I have found that my staff members became interested and engaged as well. They wanted to know what the study was about and why we were participating. They saw how our practice philosophy of evidence based care and minimally invasive dentistry fit into the broader practice of dentistry throughout the United States. I recommend that all dentists get involved.

James L. Sanderson Jr. DMD LLC

Testimonal Posted on: Feb 15, 2007

National Dental PBRN study: Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces

Our clinical team completed the study "Reasons for placing the first restoration on permanent tooth surfaces", which involved documenting the restoration of previously unaffected tooth surfaces. After the Research Coordinator trained our team, we were able to implement the study without impacting our daily routine. The Research Coordinator made herself available any time we had questions about the study; but because of her thorough training and well- developed documentation, we have had little need to contact her. Patients who qualified as subjects for the study are asked if they were willing to participate and we did not have anyone refuse to participate. The way the process was set up the patients were comfortable with allowing us to gather the needed information. Most really appreciated the fact that we were working with this group.

Based on our experience, we will gladly participate in future studies.

Thanks for the OPPORTUNITY !