On traditional dental extraction: Case reports from Dinka and Nuer en route to restoration

M. S. Willis, L. E. Harris, P. J. Hergenrader

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Abstract

Ritual dental extraction among Sub-Saharan African populations has been practised for centuries, yet little is known about the removal process for any ethnic group. Dinka and Nuer refugees to the US requested replacements for missing anterior teeth removed during childhood. Among 36 Sudanese refugees, 238 individual extractions had been performed. Three retained canine/incisor root fragments; their cases are presented, including memories of the tooth-extraction ritual.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Volume204
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 9 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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