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