MEAN PAIN PERCEPTION AFTER MINI SCREW PLACEMENT AMONG ORTHODONTIC PATIENTS:A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY AT KHYBER COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY,PESHAWAR
Orthodontist and patient prefer to use miniscrew anchorage because of ease of placement and removal which requires minimal patient compliance and are economically viable. The objective of the study was to determine the mean pain perception in orthodontic patients after mini screw placement using visual analogue scale. A cross sectional study was conducted using conveniont sampling by taking seventy four participants at Orthodontics department at Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar from May 2018 to Nov 2018. Mini screws were inserted under local anesthesia and patients received a proforma with a 10 mm visual analogue scale score (VAS).Patients were asked to report their pain after mini screw placement at day 1, day 3 and day 7. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.0. Results of this study showed that most common site for the placement of mini screw was posterior maxilla (48.6%) The participants mostly experienced pain on the first day of placement (VAS P1) mean 3.59± 1.57 while least pain experienced on day 7 (VAS P7) 2.1±1.19. There was a significant difference (p ≤0.01) regarding VAS score among gender with females reporting of high VAS(39±52.7) score as compared to males(35±47.3). It was concluded that most of the patients experienced little pain after mini screw placement.