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Management of carious primary molars within the community dental setting in Wales: a retrospective observational study.

Chieng, C Y; Mohan, Rohini; Hill, Verity.
Br Dent J; 226(9): 687-691, 2019 May.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31076701
Background Tertiary prevention is still an integral part of a child's healthcare. In community dental service (CDS), we aim to try to restore carious primary teeth in young children as a means of caries control.Aim To assess the survival rates of individual carious primary molars within CDS, based on the type of dental interventions.Design Retrospective observational study.Methods Fifty patients' notes were reviewed, and patients were selected using a defined protocol. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate the survival curves.Results Out of 251 teeth, the estimated survival rates of teeth restored with stainless steel crowns (SSC) was the highest at 46.7 months, GIC-restored teeth at 45.8 months and unrestored teeth at 18.2 months. There was no correlation seen between the survival rates and the number of further interventions required. The difference between the survival rates of teeth restored with GIC, SSC and unrestored was statistically significant (p <0.05). There was minimal use of SSCs within this sample.Conclusion Our present findings indicate that restored teeth have higher survival rates than unrestored teeth. However, it must be emphasised that restorative treatment may not always be feasible and other factors should be considered in the treatment planning.