KINGA DORNER, BERNADETTE KEREKES MATHE, ANDREEA BORS, CRISTINA MOLNAR VARLAM, VANDA ROXANA NIMIGEAN, MELINDA SZEKELY PATIENTS ATTENDANCE FOR EMERGENCY DENTAL SERVICES IN MURES COUNTY In Romania dental health services are provided mainly through user pays private practices and there is a limited reimbursement of dental services from the government. The economic recession lead to substantial lack of insurance coverage for oral health care of low-income population. The aim of this six-year retrospective study was to assess the prevalence of patients requesting public dental emergency care and to determine the characteristics of dental affections for which emergency interventions were requested in Tirgu-Mures, Romania. During the analyzed period, a total number of 38610 patients were treated in the Emergency Dental Office of Mures County Emergency Hospital. Of the total number of treated emergency patients 8017 (20.76%) were children and 30593 (79.25%) were adults. Significantly more adults requested emergency care than children (p<0.0001). Out of the investigated adults 3051 (9.98%) were aged 60 years or over. The high demand for emergency dental care reflects that dental care in private practices is unaffordable to socially disadvantaged patients and also the need for community based public dental care in Tirgu-Mures.
Keywords: dental emergency, retrospective study, public dental care, dental affections