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Pediatr Dent. 2000 Sep-Oct;22(5):385-8.

Dental maturity in children with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Eastman Dental Institute for Oral Health Care Sciences London, U.K.



This study was performed to compare Dental Age (DA) of children with Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa recessiva (DEBr) with the DA of healthy children.


Orthopantomographs (OPG's) of children with DEBr were compared with those of healthy children. Dental maturity was estimated using Dermirjian's method. A total of 48 pairs of OPG's were compared.


There was a considerable range of variation in the difference between the chronological age and the dental age of both groups. This varied from minus 2 years 8 months to plus 3 years for the control children and minus 3 years 1 month to plus 3 years 4 months for the DEBr children. Despite this wider range the average DA of children with DEBr was statistically significantly delayed by 2 years 3 months.


The delay in dental developmental of children with DEBr may have an impact on the clinical management of these children.

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