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Dental Trauma Guide: A source of evidence-based treatment guidelines for dental trauma

Authors

  • Jens Ove Andreasen,

    1. Resource Centre for Rare Oral Diseases and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Copenhagen
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  • Eva Lauridsen,

    1. Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Clinical Genetics, School of Dentistry, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen
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  • Thomas Alexander Gerds,

    1. Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Søren Steno Ahrensburg

    1. Resource Centre for Rare Oral Diseases and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Copenhagen
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Jens Ove Andreasen, Resource Centre for Rare Oral Diseases and Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet), Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel.: (+45) 35 45 24 31
Fax: (+45) 35 45 44 29
e-mail: Jens.Ove.Andreasen@rh.regionh.dk

Abstract

Abstract –  Diagnosis and treatment for traumatic dental injuries are very complex owing to the multiple trauma entities represented by six luxation types and nine fracture types affecting both the primary and the permanent dentition. When it is further considered that fracture and luxation injuries are often combined, the result is that more than 100 trauma scenarios exist, when the two dentitions are combined. Each of these trauma scenarios has a specific treatment demand and prospect for healing. With such a complexity in diagnosis and treatment, it is obvious that even experienced practitioners may have problems in selecting proper treatment for some of these trauma types. To remedy this situation, an Internet-based knowledge base consisting of 4000 dental trauma cases with long-term follow up is now available to the public and the professions on the Internet using the address http://www.DentalTraumaGuide.org. It is the aspiration that the use of this Guide may lead the practitioner to offer an evidence-based diagnosis and treatment.

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