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An investigation led by Dr. Manuel Restrepo Restrepo, professor and researcher at the CES University School of Dentistry, and Dr. Lourdes Santos-Pinto from the Paulista State University (UNESP, Brazil), obtained second place in the category Posters of the I Latin American Virtual Congress of Pediatric Dentistry, for his work on the hypomineralization of molars and incisors, a defect in the enamel that makes teeth look yellow.

The study Is there an association between the hypomineralization of morals and incisors and hypomineralization in the permanent second molar? It also had the participation of Dr. Diego Fernando Rojas Gualdrón, from the CES University School of Medicine, and researchers from the UNESP School of Dentistry in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The research is on a defect in the development of the enamel called hypomineralization of morales and incisors, it is a damage that permanent molars can suffer during their formation. One of the solutions to this problem is to extract the tooth and wait for the next tooth, which is still in formation, to reposition itself in the place from which it was extracted, and this new one is healthy.”, Explained the researcher Restrepo.

The doctor added that his work focused on determining the possibility that this new tooth also had the problem of hypomineralization when replacing the extracted one. The study evaluated standardized photographic records of more than 400 patients and ran from June 2019 to February 2020.

What we found is that the probability that this tooth is severely affected is low, 20%, and that it comes with a slight defect is greater than 70%, "added Dr. Restrepo.

This work was presented to the Latin American Pediatric Dentistry Association, which organized the Congress between August and September of this year and brings together the pediatric dentistry academies and associations from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

It is a recognition of the work and leadership of Dr. Manuel in this matter, in which he has become a benchmark in Latin America. In addition, we must recognize the importance of the alliance with the Paulista State University, from which we obtain great results of mutual coexistence”, Expressed Julián Emilio Vélez Ríos, dean of the School of Dentistry.

The research stood out among more than 40 jobs that also competed in the category Posters.

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