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Feasibility of Minimal Invasive Dentistry (MID) in dental phobia

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    A feasibility trial to determine the effectiveness of minimally invasive dentistry (MID) treatment intervention for individuals with dental phobia compared to usual care



  • Contact name

    Jonathon Timothy Newton

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    King's College London

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    3 years, 0 months, 11 days

  • Research summary

    Caries (dental decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease) are chronic conditions which are preventable. Our previous research has highlighted that people with dental phobia presented with more teeth with active disease (dental decay), less restored dentition (filled teeth), and increased periodontal (gum) bleeding and plaque levels (Heidari et al, 2015). Minimally Invasive Dentistry (MID) involves preservation of dental tissue and prevention from dental diseases (caries and gum disease) (Ericson, 2003). MID has been defined (Ericson, 2003) as ‘a concept that can embrace all aspects of the profession. The common delineator is tissue preservation, preferably by preventing disease from occurring and intercepting its progress, but also removing and replacing with as little tissue loss as possible’.

    In this study the MID intervention will comprise the provision of oral hygiene instruction, diet advice and Duraphat varnish as their preventive intervention and a complete course of dental treatment according to Minimal Invasive Dentistry principle (MID) by the researcher (EH). The prevention regime will be based on individual basis depending on people with dental phobia’s risk behaviours (e.g. sugar intake and oral hygiene regime). Patients would attend ‘preventive oral health related’ sessions to discuss how to they can improve their individual oral health. Participants in the standard care arm will be offered the usual treatment (TAU) provided by SSCD dental staff. Upon completion of dental care, their oral health outcome will be measured by the department’s staff.

  • REC name

    East of Scotland Research Ethics Service REC 1

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    31 May 2017

  • REC opinion

    Favourable Opinion