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Article: Volume 47 Number 5 Page 433 - May 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 433-439

Oral surgery:  The Role of the General Dental Practitioner in the Management of Mandibular Fractures

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Abstract: Mandibular fractures are a common presentation to emergency departments in hospital. Although the majority of mandibular fractures are treated in secondary care, General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) should have the basic knowledge to be able to support fracture patients in practice, whether that is in an emergency situation, managing associated sequelae, or through post-operative recovery.

Clinical relevance: This article highlights the importance of management of trauma in a primary care setting by GDPs, including pre- and post-operative care of mandibular fractures.

Author notes: Gurdeep K Hans, BDS, MFDS RCPSG, Dental Core Trainee, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Wexham Park Hospital, Wexham Street, Slough, SL2 4HL, Surina Bhola, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCPSG, PgCert(DentEd), Dental Core Trainee, Restorative Dentistry, Aberdeen Dental Hospital, Cornhill Road, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZR and Zahra Ahmad, BDS, MFDS RCPSG, Associate General Dental Practitioner, BUPA Dental Care, Barrett House, 1 Barrett Lane, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2JT, UK.

Objective: To understand common sites where mandibular fractures may manifest, indications for referral of trauma and how to investigate a patient clinically and radiographically.