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Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Aug;20(4):318-24. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e3283550a5f.

Update on the management of dentoalveolar trauma.

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  • 1Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Denver Health, Denver, Colorado, USA. Stephen.macleod@dhha.org

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Dentoalveolar injuries are the most common type of facial injury and are often associated with concomitant facial fractures. These injuries may initially be seen by surgeons who do not have formal dental training. This article reviews the assessment and management of dentoalveolar fractures.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Semi-flexible splinting of traumatized teeth for shorter periods of time than previously suggested is associated with better long-term outcomes. The use of dental implants to replace teeth lost to trauma is a predictable restorative option.

SUMMARY:

Surgeons need to be aware that dentoalveolar injuries may be a marker for other injuries. Prompt relocation and splinting of displaced teeth is associated with better outcomes.

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22695625
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