Perception of orthodontists regarding the management of root resorption – clinical and legal aspects|
Maia, Luíza Valéria de Abreu; Martins, Renata de Castro; Pereira, Mariana Mourão de Azevedo Flores; Cardoso, Maurício de Almeida; Filho, Leopoldino Capelozza & Paranhos, Luiz Renato
Aim: To evaluate the management adopted by orthodontists regarding root resorption caused by
orthodontic treatment, relating it to their time of experience and the applicable legal norms.
Methods: the study population consisted of 56 orthodontists from the city of Belo Horizonte
(Minas Gerais State), and the tool to collect the data was a questionnaire with open and closed
questions. Data were subjected to descriptive analysis. The association between the variables
was analyzed by the chi-square test with significance level of 5%.
Results: 57.6% of professionals
temporarily interrupt the treatment; in the prevention and/or control, most professionals (80.4%)
perform initial and periodical radiographs (every six months). Among the professionals with less
than 5 years of experience as a specialist, 88.9% usually make periodic radiographic control;
100% affirmed to file the documents. No significant difference was found between dentists with
different times of experience regarding the practice of archiving the documents (p = 0.271).
Among those with 5-15 years of experience, 77.4% perform periodic radiographic control and
45.2% had already detected root resorption. Among those with more than 15 years of experience,
71.4% usually perform the periodic radiographic control, and 85.7% had already faced some
case of root resorption in the clinical practice.
Conclusions: Although most orthodontists adopt a
correct management facing the occurrence, prevention and control of root resorption associated
with orthodontic treatment, the majority are unaware about existing legislation in our country.
root resorption, perception, legal norms