Errata: Reasons For Tooth Extraction Among Nigerian Children Attending A General Dental Practice Clinic

  • CD Odai
  • CC Azodo
  • ON Obuekwe
  • EB Ezeja


This paper had to be republished to correct some minor errors spotted out in the earlier publication

To investigate the reasons for tooth extraction among children attending a general dental practice clinic in Uselu, Benin City, Edo State. All pediatric patients that had tooth extraction between January 2006 and December 2008 in a general dental practice in Uselu were recruited for this survey. The data collected include age, sex, reason for tooth extraction and type of tooth extracted. A total of 756 tooth extractions were done during the survey period. Female constituted 57.4% of patients seen. Caries was the most frequent reason for tooth extraction (82%). The deciduous teeth were mostly extracted (66.1%) than permanent teeth (33.9%). Deciduous molar accounted for 42.6% of all extraction in children. Mandibular teeth
were more frequently extracted (60%) than maxillary teeth (40%). Exodontia was also more on the right side of the mouth and lower right quadrant. Dental caries was the predominant reason for exodontia in Nigeria children attending a general dental practice in Uselu, Edo State. Extensive prevention programmes targeted at children with high caries risk in schools and the communities is a necessity.

Key words: exodontia, reasons, children, general dental practice


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