Dentoalveolar Trauma

  • Richard T. Zhu
  • Frank Paletta
  • Douglas L. Johnson


Dentoalveolar injuries occur commonly in pediatric and adult populations and account for up to 5% of all traumatic injuries for which people seek medical treatment. These injuries present a significant challenge to dental practitioners and require proper diagnosis, treatment planning, and follow-up to ensure a favorable outcome. Dentoalveolar injuries span the full clinical spectrum from luxation injuries in primary dentition to tooth avulsions in permanent dentition. Guidelines have emerged to formulate a systematic approach for the appropriate and urgent care of these injuries and associated complications. This chapter focuses on the common causes, patient evaluation, classification system, and the medical, dental, and surgical management of dentoalveolar injuries.


Dentoalveolar injury Dental radiograph Crown fracture Alveolar fracture Splint therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard T. Zhu
    • 1
  • Frank Paletta
    • 2
    • 3
  • Douglas L. Johnson
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeMSL Facial & Oral SurgeryWarwickUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  4. 4.Private PracticeSt. AugustineUSA
  5. 5.University of Florida ShandsJacksonvilleUSA

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