Table 4

Mean number of teeth per person with epidemiologically estimated treatment need and treatment provided
Number of teeth present Extractions Restorations Advanced restorations
16-24 year-olds
Scheme 1: Employed
Estimated need (survey regular) 28.3 (2.0) 0.2 (0.4) 1.5 (1.7) 0.1 (0.4)
Treatment provided (claims data) 29.0 (2.7) 0.3 (0.7) 2.0 (2.8) 0.1 (0.3)
** *
Scheme 2: Less well-off
Estimated need (survey regular) 27.9 (2.1) 0.1 (0.4) 0.9 (1.4) 0.0 (0.2)
Treatment provided (claims data) NA 0.5 (1.1) 3.0 (3.9) 0.1 (0.4)
*** ****
35-44 year-olds
Scheme 1: Employed
Estimated need (survey regular) 26.6 (3.4) 0.4 (1.3) 0.8 (1.7) 0.2 (0.8)
Treatment provided (claims data) 26.6 (4.6) 0.2 (0.7) 1.4 (2.0) 0.0 (0.2)
**** **** ****
Scheme 2: Less well-off
Estimated need (survey regular) 24.7 (5.2) 0.6 (1.6) 1.4 (1.8) 0.2 (0.4)
Treatment provided (claims data) NA 0.9 (2.0) 2.7 (3.5) 0.1 (0.4)
** *
65+ year-olds
Scheme 1: Employed
Estimated need (survey regular) 18.4 (6.8) 0.7 (1.9) 1.0 (1.5) 0.1 (0.4)
Treatment provided (claims data) 17.2 (8.7) 0.3 (1.0) 1.1 (1.8) 0.0 (0.2)
* **
Scheme 2: Less well-off
Estimated need (survey regular) 16.0 (7.1) 2.4 (4.2) 0.8 (1.3) 0.0 (0.2)
Treatment provided (claims data) NA 0.8 (1.7) 1.4 (2.6) 0.0 (0.3)
**** *

Survey regular: adults who said they were regular visitors to the dentist in the survey. Claims data: adults who used the schemes from October 2000 to August 2002. NA = not available. Standard deviations are in parentheses. * p <0.05; **p <0.01; ***p <0.001; ****p <0.0001, where there is a significant difference between mean epidemiologically estimated treatment need and mean treatment provided based on the unpaired student’s t-test to compare means. Both dentate and edentulous adults were used as the denominator as it was not possible to determine dentate status from the DTSS claims database.

Guiney et al.

Guiney et al. BMC Oral Health 2012 12:31   doi:10.1186/1472-6831-12-31

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