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Pain Research and Management
Volume 2017, Article ID 9781501, 6 pages
Research Article

Immediate Postoperative Pain and Recovery Time after Pulpotomy Performed under General Anaesthesia in Young Children

1Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Adnan Menderes University, Aydın, Turkey

Correspondence should be addressed to Sultan Keles; moc.liamg@knatlustd

Received 19 January 2017; Revised 8 May 2017; Accepted 18 May 2017; Published 8 June 2017

Academic Editor: Francesca A. Bianchi

Copyright © 2017 Sultan Keles and Ozlem Kocaturk. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The aim of this retrospective study was to compare immediate postoperative pain scores and need for rescue analgesia in children who underwent pulpotomies and restorative treatment and those who underwent restorative treatment only, all under general anaesthesia. Methods. Ninety patients aged between 3 and 7 years who underwent full mouth dental rehabilitation under general anaesthesia were enrolled in the study and reviewed. The experimental group included patients who were treated with at least one pulpotomy, and the control group was treated with dental fillings only. The Wong-Baker FACES scale was used to evaluate self-reported pain and need for rescue analgesia. The data were analysed using the Kruskal-Wallis test, two sample -tests, chi-square tests, and Pearson’s correlation analysis. Results. Ninety percent of the children experienced postoperative pain in varying degrees of severity. Immediate postoperative pain scores in experimental group were found to be significantly higher than in control group (, ). In the experimental group, 48% of the children needed rescue analgesia, compared with only 13% of the children in the control group (, ). Conclusion. Children who underwent pulpotomy treatment had higher postoperative pain scores and greater need for rescue analgesia than control group who underwent only dental fillings.