Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 11 - 2020
Cracked Tooth Prevalence among Extracted Teeth: A Retrospective Study from Academic Dental Clinics
Julie M Coe*, Riley B Sturgill, Al M Best and Garry L Myers
Department of General Practice, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU SoD), Richmond, Virginia, USA
*Corresponding Author: Julie Coe, Assistant Professor, Department of General Practice, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU SoD), Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Received: September 04, 2020; Published: October 27, 2020


Background: This study was aimed to determine the prevalence of cracks among extracted teeth.

Methods: This retrospective study examined electronic dental record of 40,870 extracted permanent premolars and molars from 20,408 patients (of age 18 and older) of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry (VCU SOD) faculty clinics, resident clinics and pre-doc clinics between 2010 and 2016.

Results/Conclusion: A total of 3,228 teeth (prevalence: 7.9%) were identified as cracked tooth. The percentage of extracted teeth with crack has been increasing over time, especially after a template note improved electronic data collection. The prevalence of cracked teeth varied according to tooth type (p < .0001). The mandibular molars showed highest prevalence (16% after the template note use). Age 18 - 35 had the higher prevalence (8.41%) than 36 - 65 (7.56%).

Practical Implications: Clinicians should be aware that cracked tooth is one of the most prevalent reasons for tooth extraction. Using a structured note can facilitate diagnosis. Early diagnosis and prevention may result in reducing tooth extraction of cracked teeth.

Keywords: Cracked Tooth; Extraction


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