Bjorn Soderfeldt

Mid Sweden University, Härnösand, Västernorrland, Sweden

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Publications (2)2.93 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The aims of this research were to describe the process leading to desire for implant treatment, describe how patients missing teeth gained information about implant treatment, identify gatekeeping factors for implant treatment, and note experiences in changes in oral health-related quality of life. The constant comparative method for a grounded theory was used in collecting and analyzing data. Ten informants participated in the study, all of whom were treated with implant-supported fixed dentures during the past year. The emerging core category was that participants experienced a journey from social stigma to exhilaration. This process ended in the perspective that the participants' new lives with dental implants were very good and meant an end to their social stigma, but gatekeeping factors before treatment, such as cost and dental anxiety, were noted. The dentist's opinion and suggestions were the most decisive part of the decision-making process, and trust in the dentist and dental team was crucial in the decision to undergo treatment and in the overall treatment experience. Great improvement in oral health-related quality of life was noted. This qualitative study gives as the core category and main finding the importance of patients' trust and confidence in the dentist and his/her staff in the process of transforming desire for dental implant treatment into demand and also in making it more likely for patients to be satisfied with treatment regardless of complications.
    No preview · Article · May 2012 · The International journal of prosthodontics
  • Birger Narby · Ingrid Collin Bagewitz · Bjorn Soderfeldt
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this research was to investigate possible factors behind the desire for and changes in attitude toward implant treatment in a population of middle-aged and older individuals in Sweden. In 1989 and 1999, questionnaires were sent to 3,000 residents in Orebro County, Sweden. Response rates were 79% and 68%, respectively. Those responding to both questionnaires yielded a longitudinal study panel. Logistic regression models were done with "desire of implant treatment" and "changes in desire of implant treatment" as dependent variables. Older people, non-city residents, and those with one or several missing and unreplaced teeth changed their desire for implant treatment between study years. Effects of age, residence, and better dental status disappeared during the 10-year study period. Those who were edentulous and those with removable dentures (pseudo R2: 0.17) expressed lower desire for treatment than those with all teeth remaining or only one or a few teeth missing (pseudo R2: 0.24) in 1989. High income significantly increased the probability to desire implant treatment for the study panel at both study occasions (P = .016 and P = .034 for 1989 and 1999, respectively). Factors influencing desire for implant treatment were primarily income and dental status. The influence of young age, urban living, and dental status regarding the subgroup with one or several teeth missing in relation to those with all their teeth disappeared during the 10-year study period.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2011 · The International journal of prosthodontics