RD&E Orthodontist secures £34,000 grant for national research
RD&E Orthodontic Senior Registrar Ansa Akram has secured the highest grant available from the British Orthodontic Society to carry out research into the quality of life of youngsters born without adult teeth.
This study follows on from the research she did during her Doctorate in Orthodontics (supervised by Consultant in Orthodontics at the RD&E, Mrs Amelia Jarreat) which won the 2011 British Orthodontic Society’s national award for post graduate research.
Ansa said: “Hypodontia is a condition affecting 5-8 % of the population where babies are born without some of their permanent or adult teeth which normally replace their baby teeth. This becomes apparent during their early teenage years. A predominantly genetic condition, it can have a significant impact on children ranging from difficulty in eating and speaking to being bullied at school. 80% of patients will present to their orthodontist at around 11 years of age, a time of life when having a full set of teeth is so important.”
“The pilot study I conducted during my Doctorate revealed just how big an impact Hypodontia has on the quality of life for patients. It’s important for us to understand the worries and issues that patients have associated with their condition along with the concerns about treatment. This research will aim to establish how we can provide the best possible quality of care for our patients using all the treatments available across orthodontics and other dental specialities.”
The three year research project will be lead by the RD&E with six other hospitals around the UK participating including Musgrove Park Taunton, University Dental Hospital Bristol, Royal United Hospital NHS Trust Bath, University Hospital Sheffield, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.