SmilER 102: Dental Trauma

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Course Credit: 2 hours

Author: Richard Ngo, DMD
Editors: Cameron Lee, DMD, MD; Andrew Eyre, MD, MS-HPEd
Series Editor: Chris Nash, MD

The purpose of the SmilER series on dental trauma and infection management is to teach fundamental principles, pearls, and pitfalls in the care for dental patients in the emergency department. As many as 1.5% of ED visits are dental-related¹ and many emergency physicians have expressed the need for more comprehensive training in the oral cavity. This series was created as an introductory guide on the management of patients who report to the ED with dental-related conditions. This module covers dental trauma and management of common traumatic conditions of the dentition.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand reimplantation of avulsed teeth, as well as splinting for adult dental-related trauma.
    • List the materials that are required to place a dental splint.
    • List some of the potential complications of splinting.
    • Understand imaging required for dental-related trauma cases.
  2. Name some of the pharmacological adjuncts to aid in recovery.
  3. Review key points to include in patient discharge instructions after dental trauma.

Reading Material

Read the 8 sections of SmilER 102 on the ALiEM site and return to test your knowledge with the 4-question quiz.

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