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