FREQUENCY AND PATTERN OF REMOVAL OF TEETH IN A SAMPLE OF POPULATION OF SOUTHERN PUNJAB
Removal of non-restorable teeth is a routine cost-effective procedure. A cross-sectional study was conducted in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Nishtar Institute of Dentistry, Multan, Pakistan from 1st April 2016 to 30th October 2016 to find out frequency and pattern of teeth removal in southern Punjab population. Both genders were included and causes of extraction were categorized. Chi square test applied to assess the significance of association.
Two thousands and seventy two teeth were extracted from 1700 patients (786 male 45.2%, and 932 female 54.8%) presented to oral surgery department. Mean age of the sample was 40 ± 15.01. A total of 1339 (64.6%) were extracted due to advanced dental caries, the leading cause of tooth extraction followed by periodontal disease 217 (10.5%). Molars (45%) were most common teeth extracted.
It was concluded that there was strong need for directing more financial resources to community awareness programs to prevent premature teeth loss.
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