Article: Volume 43 Number 9 Page 812 - November 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 812-824

Dental Trauma:  Dental Trauma Part 1- Acute Management of Luxation/Displacement Injuries

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Abstract: Fortunately, traumatic dental injuries are a relatively uncommon occurrence in general dental practice. However, when they do present, timely diagnosis and treatment of such injuries is essential to maximize the chance of a successful outcome. This is the first part of a two-part series on traumatic dental injuries that are commonly encountered in the clinical setting. Part one will cover acute management of luxation/displacement injuries that primarily affect the supporting structures of the tooth, while part two will cover the management of fracture injuries associated with teeth and the alveolar bone.

Clinical relevance: A simple, step-by-step approach in the diagnosis and clinical management of acute luxation/displacement injuries should be part of a dental clinician's knowledge.

Author notes: Serpil Djemal, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, King’s College Hospital Dental Institute (serpil.djemal@nhs.net), Parmjit Singh, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthodontics, School of Health, BPP University, Abingdon, Rachel Tomson, Consultant in Endodontics, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Martin Kelleher, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, King’s College Hospital Dental Institute, London SE5 9RW, UK.

Objective: To understand the importance of timely diagnosis and treatment of acute luxation/displacement injuries.

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