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Dentofacial emergencies 

Dentofacial emergencies
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Dentofacial emergencies
Author(s):

Chet Trivedy

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199654093.003.0019
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date: 24 November 2020

This chapter provides a discussion of the challenges facing the emergency physician dealing with a patient who has traumatic loss of a tooth. It is highlighted that the loss of a tooth is a time-critical emergency and emergency physicians should be familiar with what is required in the first few hours. The importance of a comprehensive examination is highlighted and the rational use of imaging discussed.

It examines the evidence base for three key clinical questions:the best transport medium for an avulsed tooth; replantation of the avulsed tooth; and the use of dental splinting in the emergency department.

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