Introduction: Epidemiology of Traumatic Dental Injuries

  • Rebecca L. Slayton
  • Elizabeth A. Palmer


Dental injuries as the result of trauma are common and affect people of all ages and socioeconomic levels. Knowing what puts an individual at risk for injury provides an opportunity to prevent or minimize trauma to the child and their teeth. Because traumatic injuries are complex in their etiology, they are not completely preventable. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the epidemiology of traumatic dental injuries (TDIs) in children and adolescents and to familiarize dentists with the guidelines available to manage different types of dental trauma. The causes of TDIs in children and how they are addressed vary somewhat due to the child’s age and ability to cooperate for treatment. It is also incumbent upon the dentist to recognize and report injuries that are suspected to be the result of child maltreatment.


Dental trauma Pediatric Primary teeth Child abuse Trauma guidelines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca L. Slayton
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Palmer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric DentistryUniversity of Washington School of DentistrySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric DentistryOregon Health & Science University School of DentistryPortlandUSA

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