Infant dental enucleation : A literature review on a traditional remedial practice in East Africa

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Publication Article, review peer-reviewed scientific
Title Infant dental enucleation : A literature review on a traditional remedial practice in East Africa
Author Barzangi, Jir ; Unell, Lennart ; Söderfeldt, Björn ; Arnrup, Kristina
Date 2014
English abstract
Objective. To summarize and review the literature on infant dental enucleation, a traditional remedial procedure prevalent mainly in East Africa. Materials and methods. Literature searches were made electronically using general and specialized search engines. The main search was performed through a systematic strategy in PubMed, comprising tabulated keywords, search codes, and translated and transliterated terms. Criteria for the selection of studies were designed to provide a general understanding of the procedure. The findings were synthesized into two sections: a summary of the population prevalence studies, and a thematic literature review. Results. An overview of the known prevalence and clinical specifications was established. Insight was gained into the purpose of the procedure and the factors influencing its performance. Diverging suggestions were seen with regard to the rationale for use of infant dental enucleation between different populations. Moreover, reports of complications and consequences involving the general health and the dentoalveolar structures of patients were examined. Conclusions. Prevalence, clinical features and risks of infant dental enucleation point to a need for greater awareness of the procedure. Further, there is a need for specific guidelines regarding management of suspected cases within dental and healthcare communities.
DOI https://doi.org/10.3109/00016357.2013.817603 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Host/Issue Acta Odontologica Scandinavica;3
Volume 72
ISSN 0001-6357
Pages 11
Page 168-178
Language eng (iso)
Subject African traditional medicine
attitude to health
cuspid
post-operative complications
tooth germ surgery
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/27472 Permalink to this page
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