Dental avulsion: experience, attitudes, and perception of dental practitioners of Caruaru, Pernambuco, Brazil

  • Ana Flávia Granville-Garcia FO/UEPB
  • Jainara Maria Ferreira FOP/UPE
  • Valdenice Aparecida de Menezes FOC/ASCES
  • Sérgio D’Avila Bezerra Cavalcanti FO/UEPB
  • Manuela Torres Leonel FOC/ASCES
  • Alessandro Leite Cavalcanti FO/UEPB
Keywords: Avulsão dentária, Traumatismos dentários, Conhecimento,

Abstract

Purpose: To evaluate the level of knowledge of Brazilian dental practitioners on dental avulsion and replantation. Methods: A 14-item structured interview was used to collect data from 148 dentists, members of a dental association in the city of Caruaru, Pernambuco, in the Northeast region of Brazil. Data were analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics (Fisher’s exact test and Pearson’s chi-square test) at the 0.5 level of significance. Results: In this sample, 49.3% of the dentists had up to 10 years of professional experience, 46.1% worked in public and private institutions, and 50.7% reported graduate education. For avulsed deciduous teeth, 40.3% of the dentists would not perform dental replantation, but most practitioners (92.3%) would do it for permanent teeth, and the professional experience was not a significant factor. Semi-rigid wiring was the most frequent type of dental splinting indicated by dentists with short- and long-term professional experience (74.7% and 64.1%, respectively). Conclusion: In this sample, most dentists were aware of the basic procedures to be followed in case of dental avulsion of deciduous and permanent teeth independently from their professional experience.

Author Biographies

Ana Flávia Granville-Garcia, FO/UEPB
Mestre em clínicas Odontológicas-Odontopediatria pela UFRGS; Doutora em Odontopediatria pela FOP/UPE; Professora de Odontopediatria da FOC/ASCES
Jainara Maria Ferreira, FOP/UPE
Mestre em Odontologia Clínica Infantil pela FO/UFPB; Doutoranda em Odontopediatria pela FOP/UPE
Valdenice Aparecida de Menezes, FOC/ASCES
Mestre em Odontopediatria pela FOB/USP;Doutora em Odontopediatria pela FOP/UPE
Sérgio D’Avila Bezerra Cavalcanti, FO/UEPB
Mestre em Saúde Coletiva pela FO/UFF; Doutor em Saúde Coletiva pela FOP/UPE
Manuela Torres Leonel, FOC/ASCES
Cirurgiã-Dentista Graduada pela FOC/ASCES
Alessandro Leite Cavalcanti, FO/UEPB
Mestre em Odontopediatria pela FO/USP; Doutor em Estomatologia pela FO/UFPB
Published
2009-05-21
Section
Original Article