Patient and parent satisfaction following autotransplantation and associated orthodontic treatment delivered by an interdisciplinary team

Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2014 Feb;15(1):27-32. doi: 10.1007/s40368-013-0048-1. Epub 2013 Jun 19.


Aim: To survey patient and parent satisfaction with premolar transplantation and the associated orthodontic treatment.

Method: A postal service evaluation questionnaire was used to survey patient and parent satisfaction for children who had completed treatment involving premolar transplantation and the associated orthodontics. Patients and parents each completed separate questionnaires. For some questions a Likert scale from 1 to 10 was used.

Result: Questionnaires were sent to 41 patients and their parents who had premolar transplants and orthodontic treatment. Following repeat mailing of the questionnaires: 20 of the patient and 25 parent questionnaires were completed and returned. Patients and parents felt there was a large improvement in dental appearance (median scores 8 and 10) and were highly satisfied with the final appearance (median scores 8 and 9). Both groups felt that treatment transition between departments was very good (median scores 9 and 9). Patients experienced moderate discomfort during their premolar transplant surgery and during their orthodontic treatment (scores 6 and 5, respectively). Most patients and parents would recommend this type of treatment (92 and 88%, respectively).

Conclusion: Overall, patients and parents report high levels of satisfaction with all aspects of their premolar transplant and their associated orthodontic treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Autografts / transplantation*
  • Bicuspid / transplantation*
  • Esthetics, Dental
  • Humans
  • Orthodontics
  • Orthodontics, Corrective / psychology*
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Time Factors
  • Transitional Care