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Evaluation and management of dental injuries in children

Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Section Editors
Ann Griffen, DDS, MS
Richard G Bachur, MD
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH


Nearly one-half of children sustain some type of dental injury during childhood. Many of these injuries are preventable. The injuries that result in the loss of permanent teeth may have long-lasting cosmetic, functional, economic, and psychosocial effects [1-5]. The outcome for a number of dental injuries, which may be uncertain until the permanent dentition is established, is improved by prompt, appropriate treatment and referral.

This topic will cover injuries of the teeth. The anatomy and development of the teeth; intra-oral, lip, and tongue lacerations; and the assessment and management of jaw injuries are discussed separately:

(See "Anatomy and development of the teeth".)

(See "Assessment and management of intra-oral lacerations".)

(See "Assessment and management of lip lacerations".)

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