The impact of pericoronitis on health related quality of life Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • McNutt, Matthew David
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics
  • Subjects and Methods: Healthy subjects with pericoronitis were enrolled in an IRB approved study. Subject's were given a Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) instrument to assess the impact of pericoronitis in the previous week on: pain, lifestyle, and oral function. The impact of pericoronitis in the previous three months was recorded on Oral Health Impact Profile(OHIP-14). Because of sample size, analyses are limited to descriptive statistics. Results: Forty percent reported worst pain as severe. Oral function was compromised "quite a bit / lots" for eating 30%, chewing 23%, mouth opening 10%. Mean OHIP severity score was 27 of 56. Conclusion: When clinicians carefully consider options for pain management in patients undergoing palliative treatment for acute pericoronitis, the reported data may alter their recommendations. In summary, acute episodes of pericoronitis can be associated with adverse life outcomes similar to the impact of third molar removal on pain and oral function.
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  • White, Raymond P.
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