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Article: Volume 44 Number 6 Page 486 - June 2017

  Dent Update 2017; 44: 486-494  Read article

Restorative dentistry:  Long-Term Complications of Dental Trauma

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Abstract: Dental injuries are a relatively common occurrence and need to be managed well in general dental practice in order to produce the most favourable outcome for patients. Dental practitioners should familiarize themselves with the guidelines provided by the International Association of Dental Traumatology discussed herein. These guidelines clearly state how dental injuries should be managed, including suggested review. Dentists should be aware of injuries that are most likely to require input from specialist services and relative risks of long-term complications and how to identify these. Early identification of such complications should prompt referral to specialist services.

Clinical relevance: The ability to treat dental trauma in light of knowledge of long-term complications is of importance to the general dental practitioner.

Author notes: Beth C Burns, BDS, MSc(Med Sci), FDS(Rest Dent) RCPS(Glas), Consultant Restorative Dentistry (Trauma), Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, Lynnsey E Crane, BDS, MSc, FDS(Rest Dent) RCPSG, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry/Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School and Victoria E Hannah, BSc(Hons), BDS, PhD, MFDS RCPSG, FHEA, Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialty Registrar, Restorative Dentistry, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JZ, UK.

Objective: To highlight which traumatic dental injuries may be managed in practice and when specialist referral may be required.