Traumatic injuries in the primary dentition

Dent Traumatol. 2002 Dec;18(6):287-98. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-9657.2002.00153.x.


As a support for the guidelines published in 2001, a review of the literature was carried out using the evidence-based approach in order to update the state of the art regarding epidemiology and treatment of traumatic dental injuries in the primary dentition. An online search in Medline, and a review of expert literature, lead to the conclusion that most luxation injuries heal spontaneously, and unless more conclusive evidence is available, conservative treatment of acute dental trauma for preschool children is suggested. Pain control, the dentist's ability to cope with the child's anxiety, and follow-up instructions in oral hygiene techniques will allow many primary teeth that are currently lost at the time of injury to be saved.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergency Treatment
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incisor / injuries
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Tooth Avulsion / epidemiology
  • Tooth Avulsion / therapy
  • Tooth Fractures / epidemiology
  • Tooth Fractures / therapy
  • Tooth Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Tooth Injuries / therapy*
  • Tooth, Deciduous / injuries*