Leveraging Electronic Dental Record Data for Clinical Research


This study investigated the feasibility of electronic clinical data reuse for research purposes. It was a proof-of-concept retrospective cohort study on the utility of electronic dental records data to assess outcomes of posterior composite restorations, and to assess tooth loss following root canal treatment, regardless of whether the tooth received dental restorations following root canal treatment or not. An important second goal of this study was to determine the extent to which electronic dental records data support reliable study outcomes for National Dental PBRN studies.