Illustrated Pediatric Dentistry - Part 3

Traumatic Injuries to Anterior Teeth: Introduction, Prevalence, and Classifications

Author(s): Ritesh Kalaskar* and Abdulkadeer M. Jetpurwala

Pp: 172-188 (17)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815080803123030013

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Smile with beautiful natural teeth is one of the greatest assets of a person. Untreated fractured teeth can affect day to day activities of children in school which can have a psychological impact on children. Apart from dental caries and periodontal diseases, a traumatic dental injury is the third most common cause of tooth loss. Violence, accidents, falls and sport-related activities are the leading causes of traumatic dental injuries, that majorly involve anterior teeth. Epidemiological studies indicate that dental trauma is a significant problem in young people and that soon, it will be a major dental health care requirement. Prevalence of traumatic dental injury in primary and permanent dentition ranges from 9.4-41.6% and 1% to 58.6%, respectively. The management of traumatic injuries to anterior teeth is also changing with advances in materials sciences and understanding of the mechanism of traumatic injuries.

Keywords: Classification of dental trauma, Prevalence of trauma, Traumatic dental injury.

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