The Dental Practicality Index - to treat or not to treat

Patel, Shanon, D’Cruz, Len, Hamer, Samantha, Sonde, Nargis orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0636-3211, Mannocci, Francesco and Dawood, Andrew (2024) The Dental Practicality Index - to treat or not to treat. British Dental Journal, 236 (11). pp. 872-875. ISSN 0007-0610

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The Dental Practicality Index (DPI) has been designed to describe, on a clinical level, the ‘practicality' of restoring a tooth versus referring to secondary care or extraction.

The systematic approach of DPI has been shown to improve decision-making and confidence in treatment planning when used by young dentists. In addition, there is good evidence demonstrating that it provides an accurate estimation of the outcome of treatment. The DPI enhances clinician-patient communication and ultimately the consent process.

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