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Dent Traumatol. 2010 Oct;26(5):376-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2010.00918.x.

Traumatic dental injuries in an urban adolescent population in Tirana, Albania.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Clinical Dentistry, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.

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  • Dent Traumatol. 2010 Dec;26(6):532.



The aim of this study was to gather information about traumatic dental injuries (TDI) in an urban adolescent Albanian population.


A cross-sectional survey was carried out to acquire epidemiological data about TDI in the permanent incisors of Albanian adolescents. Participants (n = 2789) were adolescents of both genders, aged 16-18 years, attending public high schools in Tirana.


The occurrence of TDI in the incisors ranged from 8.9% of 16-year-olds to 10.5% of 18-year-olds. A greater proportion of boys (12.4%) had TDI compared with girls (7.7). The most commonly reported causes were collisions (27.5%) followed by physical leisure activities and sports (mainly cycling and swimming/diving) (14.1%) and falls (13.4%). Of the adolescents affected by TDI, 32% had unmet treatment need because of no or inadequate treatment. Adolescents living in districts with low socio-economic level had significantly more TDI with unmet treatment need than those living in districts with high socio-economic level.


The occurrence of TDI among Albanian adolescents was moderate. Adolescents who came from low socio-economic districts had a greater probability of having TDI with unmet treatment need.

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