March 2024

Volume 41, Issue 1

EXtraction or PREServation? EXPRESS survey of patients’ preference for toothache in public health facilities of Eastern India

Authors: Sri Priya Narayanan Shilpa Mahapatra Hemamalini Rath Naga Naveena Nagarajan Manoranjan Mahakur
doi: 10.1922/CDH_00085Narayanan07


Objective: To investigate patients’ preference for extraction or preservation for toothache and hypothetical anterior tooth pain along with the specific reason for their choice. Basic research design: Cross-sectional analytical semi-structured interview study. Participants: A sample of 703 adult dental outpatients visiting secondary and tertiary government health centres with toothache due to dental caries in Eastern India. Main outcome measures: Patients preferring restorative or extraction services for toothache, specific reason, and socio-demographic background factors for anterior and posterior teeth. Results: Half (50.1%) choose preservation for present toothache and 79.9% for hypothetical front tooth pain. Immediate relief from toothache for extraction and the motive to preserve natural teeth for preservation were the main reasons expressed. In logistic regression, participants preferring extraction were more likely to be aged 25-34 years (OR = 1.94), 55+ years (OR=33.32), have primary and below education level (OR=1.99), have had a previous extraction (OR=1.99) and be unaware of preservation options (OR=2.34). For assumed anterior tooth pain, those between 25-34 years (OR=0.39) were more likely to choose preservation. Participants with primary and below education levels (OR=1.99) and unaware of preservation options (OR=1.95) chose extraction of the front tooth irrespective of their choice of treatment for the present toothache. Conclusion: Notable differences between the choices to preserve or extract a posterior tooth were not found. There was greater preference towards preserving anterior teeth. Future research should identify additional barriers to the preference and utilization of restorative services. Keywords: India, dental pain, developing countries, exodontia, filling, patient request

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