Dental Trauma Management

Dental injuries present in many ways, each dependent on the cause of injury and patient age.

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By the age of fourteen, every second child sustains some form of dental injury. Predisposing factors include insufficient lip closure, protruding upper incisors, boys almost twice as vulnerable as girls, with peak incidence between 2-4yrs and again at 10-12yrs. The majority of cases involve single anterior teeth.

Management is a function of age, severity of injury sustained and overall medical status. Dental trauma represents a true dental emergency and often demands immediate attention.

As with most things in life, prevention is always better than cure, hence we strongly recommend the use of custom fitted mouthguards for all ages, particularly those engaged in vulnerable team positions or contact sports.

Course of Action Don’t panic. Once the patient has been removed from any source of danger, and assuming vital signs are normal, contact the clinic.

First Aid should be administered as per instructed by the dentist.

Once stabilised, time is of the essence and it is important that treatment be administered without undue delay.

At Dental Sense we will initially complete comprehensive clinical and radiographic examination before stabilising the tooth or teeth involved. In many cases sedation will be administered and parents or guardians will be required to wait in reception.  A review consultation will be scheduled, detailing both short and long-term management requirements.

Do you provide a warranty? We provide a 3-year warranty against mechanical failure for all treatment provided, assuming patients comply with treatment plans in their entirety, with work being replaced at health fund rebate or equivalent.  
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