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Non-aerosol emergency paediatric dental treatments during the COVID-19 lock-down: a retrospective analysis

CARIES RESEARCH 2021 ; 55: 456 -


Bibliometric indicators

Impact Factor = 3.918

Citations (WOS) = 0

DOI = 10.1159/000517875


During the COVID-19 pandemic the use of dental aerosol generating procedures should be minimised. This study evaluates the use of non-aerosol treatment procedures (NATP) provided to children at a paediatric dentistry department in the period of total lock-down in Germany (March-April 2020) with a 6-months follow-up. Methods: 83 patients seeking emergency dental treatment (e.g., pain, trauma, etc.) attended the department of whom patients visiting the clinic due to dental caries and treated with NATP were included for this analysis. Retrospective data collection of baseline treatments and 6-months follow-up was performed. Results: the treatments of 22 patients (mean dmft/DMFT 5.75±3.07/2.22±2.9) were categorized according to the clinical diagnosis: Category I (n=10; 45.5%, mean age 4±2.6) included patients with active carious lesions (ICDAS 3-5) and reversible pulpitis, mainly ECC. Nine out of ten patients (90%) were treated with silver diammine fluoride (SDF), and one (10%) with the Hall technique. In the SDF-treated patients, one patient presented shortly after with pain and was medicated. The other 8 cases presented no complications during the follow-up period and affected teeth were later either restored or left with no restoration. Category II included teeth with irreversible pulpitis or facial swelling of dental origin (e.g. submucosal abscess; n=12; 54.5%, mean age 8.3±3.6). Treatments provided were extraction (n=5; 41.7%), or antibiotics prescription (n=7; 58.3%) of whom five patients received extraction after the lock-down with no patient having recurrence of pain. In one case the primary tooth exfoliated, and in another case endodontic treatment was provided later-on. Conclusion: non-aerosol treatments are viable options for managing caries related emergency cases in paediatric dentistry and are advantageous to postpone the need of an immediate treatment in case of high ris of infectious transmission.

Published in


Year 2021
Impact Factor (2021) 3.918
Volume 55
Pages 456 -
Open Access nein
Peer reviewed nein
Article type Abstract
Article state published - EPub
DOI 10.1159/000517875

Common journal data

Short name: CARIES RES
ISSN: 0008-6568
eISSN: 1421-976X
Language: English

Impact factor trend

Year Impact Factor
2008 1.993
2009 2.462
2010 2.926
2011 2.328
2012 2.514
2013 2.5
2014 2.281
2015 2.278
2016 1.811
2017 2.188
2018 2.326
2019 2.186
2020 4.056
2021 3.918
2022 4.2

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