Article: Volume 43 Number 10 Page 916 - December 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 916-926

Dental Trauma:  Dental Trauma 2- Acute Management of Fracture 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 second part of a two-part series on traumatic dental injuries that are commonly encountered in the clinical setting. Part one covered the management of acute luxation/displacement injuries affecting 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: Traumatic dental injuries are uncommon occurrences in everyday general dental practice. This article aims to provide a simple, step-by-step approach in the diagnosis and clinical management of acute fracture injuries.

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, Nectaria Polycarpou, Consultant in Endodontics, Department of Restorative Dentistry, King’s College Hospital Dental Institute, Rachel Tomson, Consultant in Endodontics, Department of Restorative Dentistry, King’s College Hospital Dental Institute and 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 fracture injuries to maximize success.

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