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Dental fear and premature tooth extraction

Radosveta Andreeva, Hristina Arnautska, Tihomir Georgiev


Dental avoidance is a high risk factor for development of odontophobia and poor oral health including premature tooth extraction in children.

The aim of this study is to evaluate the connection between the dental fear and premature tooth loss. Subject of monitoring of the clinical research were 140 school children with mixed dentition. The clinical group consists of 90 children with prematurely extracted teeth. The patients from the clinical group were divided into three groups of 30 patients. The control group consists of 50 children with intact denture. А special questionnaire was filled from the parents of the examined children about the dental fear of their children, whether there is such a fear or not. The results show that while in the control group the majority of children are not afraid of dental treatment - 79,2%, then in groups surveyed more than half of the children said they are afraid of dental treatment, especially the third group - 57,7%. Conclusion: The children with prematurely extracted teeth have a higher level of dental anxiety due to which they are with poor dental health and early tooth loss. The use of behavioural techniques are recommended in order to improve their oral health.


dental fear; premature extraction; primary teeth

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About The Authors

Radosveta Andreeva
Medical University of Varna

Department of pediatric dentistry

Hristina Arnautska
Medical University of Varna

Department of prosthetic dentistry and orthodontics

Tihomir Georgiev
Medical University of Varna

Department of Oral and maxillofacial surgery

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