Dental treatment on a German warship during a three-month deployment

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): von Wilmowsky C, Kiesewetter MR, Moest T
Journal: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Publisher: Royal Army Medical Corps
Publication year: 2014
Volume: 160
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 42-5
ISSN: 0035-8665


Despite routine dental screenings and treatments before military deployments, dental emergencies may arise due to acute infections, trauma or failed restorations. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the dental service during a three-month deployment on a German warship.A retrospective analysis of dental attendances and treatments in a German naval task group of three ships with an average total of 650 soldiers. Diagnosis, treatments performed, percentage of emergencies, routine procedures and numbers of appointments were recorded.Out of 650 soldiers, there were 71 patients (10.92%) with a mean age of 25.1 ±5 .3 years. Out of 136 treatments, 17.65% were for emergency treatment, which is equivalent to 3.69% of all servicemen of the task group. Combining the reasons for dental emergencies, 95.84% were caused by caries.The pre-screening of sailors before an overseas deployment is necessary to avoid severe dental treatments. Caries remains the main cause for dental emergencies, and medical doctors should be trained to treat caries lesions if a dentist is not on board.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

von Wilmowsky, Cornelius PD Dr.
Mund-, Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgische Klinik

External institutions with authors

Marineschule Mürwik

How to cite

von Wilmowsky, C., Kiesewetter, M.R., & Moest, T. (2014). Dental treatment on a German warship during a three-month deployment. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 160(1), 42-5.

von Wilmowsky, Cornelius, M. R. Kiesewetter, and T. Moest. "Dental treatment on a German warship during a three-month deployment." Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps 160.1 (2014): 42-5.


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