Investigation of Reasons for Referral to the Emergency Clinic in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Gümüş H., Öztürk G.

25th Congress of Balkan Stomatological Society , Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina, 19 - 21 May 2022, vol.25, no.1, pp.138

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • Volume: 25
  • City: Sarajevo
  • Country: Bosnia And Herzegovina
  • Page Numbers: pp.138
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the reasons why patients who applied to the pediatric department of dentistry in the last year were referred to the emergency clinic. Materials and Methods: The data of children aged 1-14 years who were referred to the emergency clinic in the department of pediatric dentistry within one-year (2020-2021) were analyzed. Age, gender, and referral to the emergency clinic of the patients were evaluated. Results: It was determined that a total of 456 patients (259 females and 197 males) were referred to the pediatric dentistry emergency clinic within a year. The mean age of the patients was 9.53±2.63. It was determined that the most common reason for referral of pediatric patients to the emergency clinic was deep dental caries (63.4%) and most of them were permanent teeth (85.1%). In addition, treatment of space maintainer (17.1%) and a history of dental trauma (8.6%) were also found to be among the frequent reasons for referral. It was determined that 76.9% of the patients referred for treatment of space maintainer were between the ages of 6-9 and dental traumas were frequently seen in permanent teeth (84.6%). Conclusion: Most of the patients referred to emergency dental treatment are school-age children, and they are often referred for deep caries. It is recommended to increase protective and preventive practices in order to improve the oral health of children.