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Want to know more? In this article Prof Paul Ashley outlines some of the key resources.
Want to know more? In this article, we outline some of the key resources.

Any discussion on trauma starts and ends with the trauma guidance published by the International Association for Dental Traumatology. Their website is also handy though some of the information is behind a paywall. The four key papers are linked below — these form the basis of almost all of the trauma guidance available today. It’s worth having a look at them.

General Introduction

The key paper related to management of primary tooth injuries

The key paper related to management of crown fractures

The key paper related to management of avulsed permanent teeth

You can also find translated versions of some of these articles on the IADT website along with a link to an app to support making the best decisions and patient resources such as posters on first aid for avulsed teeth (information for patients).

The next resource for dental trauma management is the journal itself, Dental Traumatology. Most dental trauma research ends up being published here, so it’s a good place to keep up to date.

If you want more support, it’s worth looking at the Dental Trauma Guide website. This requires a subscription but has the advantage of offering a much more guided approach to trauma management with dentists and patient decisions supported using evidence from IADT.

Finally, I personally like some of the self-help videos on the Dental Trauma UK website. As we know, emergency management of trauma is critical, and these look useful for patients who cannot access a dentist straightaway.

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