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Emergency pulpotomy in relieving acute dental pain among Tanzanian patients.

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dc.contributor.author Nyerere, J.W.
dc.contributor.author Matee, M.I.
dc.contributor.author Simon, E.N.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-02T08:28:55Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-02T08:28:55Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.other PMID: 16426455
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/770
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: In Tanzania, oral health services are mostly in the form of dental extractions aimed at alleviating acute dental pain. Conservative methods of alleviating acute dental pain are virtually non-existent. Therefore, it was the aim of this study to determine treatment success of emergency pulpotomy in relieving acute dental pain. METHODS: Setting: School of Dentistry, Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Study design: Longitudinal study.Participants: 180 patients who presented with dental pain due to acute irreversible pulpitis during the study period between July and August 2001. Treatment and evaluation: Patients were treated by emergency pulpotomy on permanent posterior teeth and were evaluated for pain after one, three and six week's post-treatment. Pain, if present, was categorised as either mild or acute. RESULTS: Of the patients with treated premolars, 25 (13.9%) patients did not experience pain at all while 19 (10.6%) experienced mild pain. None of the patients with treated premolars experienced acute pain. Among 136 patients with treated molars 56 (31%) did not experience any pain, 76 (42.2%) experienced mild pain and the other 4 (2.2%) suffered acute pain. CONCLUSION: The short term treatment success of emergency pulpotomy was high being 100% for premolars and 97.1% for molars, suggesting that it can be recommended as a measure to alleviate acute dental pain while other conservative treatment options are being considered. en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Oral Health. 2006;6:1.
dc.subject Emergency pulpotomy en_GB
dc.subject Acute dental pain en_GB
dc.subject Tanzanian patients en_GB
dc.title Emergency pulpotomy in relieving acute dental pain among Tanzanian patients. en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB


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