After-hours versus office-hours dental injuries in children: Does timing influence outcome?

Ana Vukovic, Rade Vukovic, Dejan Markovic, Ivan Soldatovic, Zoran Mandinic, Milos Beloica, George Stojan

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Aim. The aim of this study was to analyze the outcomes and factors associated with after-hours dental trauma. Methods. Study sample consisted of 1762 permanent teeth injuries in children, gender and age matched with office-hours injuries. Epidemiological and clinical data were collected from 4 university dental trauma centers. Results. During median follow-up time of 4.3 years, complications have occurred in 14.5% of injured teeth. Age, type, and degree of tissue injury and after-hours time of injury were significantly associated with complications. Unfavorable outcomes were 34% more likely in the after-hours group compared with office-hours. Urgent treatment was significantly delayed in after-hours group with a delay of more than 3 hours in 90.5% versus 38.9% in the office-hours group. Multivariate regression model showed that after-hours time of injury was significant predictor of complications. Conclusion. Delayed urgent treatment was one of the main factors associated with unfavorable outcome of after-hours injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalClinical pediatrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • after-hours
  • pediatric dentistry
  • traumatic dental injuries
  • treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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