Replantation of 400 avulsed permanent incisors. 1. Diagnosis of healing complications

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  • J. O. Andreasen,

    1. Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Health Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • M. K. Borum,

    1. Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Health Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    2. Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Health Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • H. L. Jacobsen,

    1. Department of Statistical Research Unit, Health Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • F. M. Andreasen

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    1. Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Health Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    2. Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Health Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    3. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Health Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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J. O. Andreasen, Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Tagensvej 18, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

Abstract

Abstract A material of 322 patients with 400 avulsed and replanted permanent teeth were followed prospectively in the period from 1965 to 1988 (mean observation period=5.1 yrs). The age of the patients at the time of replantation ranged from 5 to 52 yrs (mean =13.7 yrs and median =11.0 yrs). Standardized patient records were used through the entire period in order to obtain valid data concerning the extent of injury and treatment provided. At the follow–up period, pulpal and periodontal healing were monitored by clinical examination, mobility testing and standardized radio–graphic controls. Thirty–two of the replanted teeth (8%) showed pulpal healing. When related to teeth with incomplete root formation, where pulpal revascularization was anticipated (n = 94) the frequency of pulpal healing was 34%. Periodontal ligament healing (i.e. with no evidence of external root resorption) was found in 96 teeth (24%). Gingival healing was found in 371 teeth (93%). During the observation period, 119 teeth (30%) were extracted. Tooth loss was slightly more frequent in teeth with incomplete root formation at the time of replantation than in teeth with completed root formation.

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