Learning Lab: Pediatric Dental Trauma, Kelly A. Kirtland, DDS, MS Nutrition, MA Educational Administration
Recorded On: 05/26/2021
This will be a lively presentation about basic pediatric dental trauma drawn from my experiences as a general practice dental resident in a Level I trauma center that was highly surgical in nature, as a pediatric dental resident in a similar setting, and in my 20 years as a clinical pediatric dentist and dental educator. We will explore trauma from the “outside in” and “top down” using some examples taken from personal patient care experiences. For some, this will be an all too familiar review. For others, this will shed light on unfamiliar territory.
You will learn about caring for injuries to extra and intraoral soft tissues, minor alveolar housing fractures, and the five major traumatic dental injuries: concussion, intrusion, extrusion, lateral luxation, and the “missing” tooth. We will discuss open vs. closed root apices, pulpal exposures and near exposures, and splinting techniques. The timing and treatment all of these injuries is especially challenging in the pediatric population and the need to go to the office or the emergency room will be addressed.
To conclude, we will review post-trauma care: timing of splint removal and endodontic therapy, diet, hygiene, and have a brief look at antibiotics and analgesics for pediatric patients. After this session, you will feel confident in your recognition and management of common pediatric dental traumas. Most importantly, you will be able to help families in their moment of need with expertise and compassion.
Uon completion, the learner will be able to recognize and properly diagnose soft and hard tissue trauma in pediatric patients
After viewing this presentation, the attendee will be able to provide appropriate treatment for soft and hard tissue injuries
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to provide appropriate traumatic injury antibiotic and analgesic advice and follow up
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