Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2015, vol. 21, issue 1
Subject Area: Dental Medicine
Pages: 682-686
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2015211.682
Published online: 28 January 2015

J of IMAB 2015 Jan-Mar;21(1):682-686
Todor T. Uzunov1Corresponding Autor, Dimitar Kosturkov2, Tsonko Uzunov3, Dimitar Filchev1, Boiko Bonev4, Andon Filchev1.
1) Department of Prosthetic dentistry, 2) Dentist in private practice, 3) Department of Conservative dentistry, 4) Department of Social medicine and public dental health; Dental photography workshop, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University – Sofia, Bulgaria.

Purpose: The aim of the study is to determine the extent of the use of photography by dentists for the needs of everyday practice.
Material and methods: The survey was conducted among 254 dentists practicing in Sofia, 64 (25.2%) - men and 190 (74.8%) - women. The average age of respondents is 43.21 years. Questionnaire was developed, consisting of 9 questions, divided into two parts. The first part covers questions about the nature of the dental practice of respondent doctor. The second part includes questions about the use of photography for the purpose of daily practice.
Results: A statistical data processing is made. The average values of the responses received by groups of questions are analyzed. The factors that affect the use of dental photography were defined. The results show that from all of the surveyed persons, 82 (32.28%) people use photography for dental practice and 172 (67.72%) dentists do not to apply this method in their daily work. It was found that the reasons for not using the photography by dentists are: fear of cross-infection - 4 persons (1.57%); lack of need to use photography - 14 persons (5.51%); lack of interest - 18 persons (7.09%); cost of clinical time - 24 persons (9.45%); additional training - 58 (22.83%); expensive investment - 98 persons (38.58%). Conclusion: The extent and reasons for use of photography for the dental practice were found. The factors that are relevant to the use of dental photography by dentists were investigated.

Key words: dental photography, survey,

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Uzunov TT, Kosturkov D, Uzunov T, Filchev D, Bonev B, Filchev A. Application of photography in dental practice. J of IMAB. 2015 Jan-Mar;21(1):682-686. DOI:

Correspondence to: Dr. Todor Uzunov, Department of Prosthetic dentistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University – Sofia; 1, Sv. Georgi Sofiyski Blvd, 1431 Sofia, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 24 November 2014
Published online: 28 January 2015

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