Treatment of traumatized primary teeth: a conservative approach

Authors


Dr Robson Frederico Cunha, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, UNESP, São Paulo State University, School of Dentistry Rua José Bonifácio, 1193, 16015-050, Araçatuba, São Paulo, Brazil
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e-mail: cunha@foa.unesp.br

Abstract

Abstract –  This retrospective study examined some different types of treatment to primary teeth. The aim of this study was to assess the treatment of traumatized primary teeth and the importance of a long-term follow up. Brazilian children in the age group of 1–4 years from a baby clinic took part in the study. Three hundred and fifteen patients suffered some type of traumatic injury, a total of 338 affected teeth. Data were registered in specific records and submitted to statistic analysis. The most prevalent type of treatment was monitor only (85%) followed by tooth extraction and endodontic procedure. Invasive treatments were performed in case of severe traumas, usually 6 months after the injury. We verified that a careful follow up might be the preferential choice to the treatment of traumatic primary teeth even in some severe cases.

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