An investigation of root-fractured permanent incisor teeth in children

Laura Feely, Iain Campbell Mackie, Tatiana Macfarlane

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    The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the type of healing which occurred in root-fractured permanent incisor teeth in children. The objectives were to determine whether gender, age, stage of root development or location of the fracture affected the healing type. The method involved careful scrutiny of clinical records and radiographs of children who attended a unit of paediatric dentistry in a dental hospital. Relevant information was entered onto a data collection sheet. The results were tabulated and analysed by the χ2-tests using the SPSS statistical package. The results are based on 34 root-fractured teeth in 33 children aged 8-15 years. Root development was incomplete in 27 of the root-fractured teeth and complete in seven teeth. A good healing outcome was seen in 27 (79.4%) of the teeth and poor healing in 7 (20.6%). The only factor which was found to be statistically significantly related to healing was the stage of root development. It can be concluded that root-fractured teeth with immature roots have a better chance of showing good healing than teeth with mature roots.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)52-54
    Number of pages2
    JournalDental Traumatology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003


    • Retrospective study
    • Root fracture


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