Disciplines:
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s):
  • Zameera Fida, DMD
  • Howard L. Needleman, DMD
Peer Reviewer(s): Anthony DiAngelis, DMD, MPH
Item#: L0715
Contents: 1 Course Book (60 pages)
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Contemporary Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries, Updated 1st Edition



Price $29.95
Item # L0715
Updated!
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Original Release Date: November 2, 2012 
Review Date: October 22, 2015
Expiration Date: October 21, 2018


Traumatic dental injuries (TDI) are commonly encountered in dental practice. In fact, 25% of school-aged children and 33% of adults have experienced TDI to their permanent dentition. These injuries can result in pain, psychological problems, and significant economic implications. 

The entire dental staff should understand basic concepts regarding TDI management in order to triage, treat, and provide appropriate follow-up care for these injuries. Providing a structured presentation of the patient’s clinical appearance and identifying issues that require immediate treatment can not only help the dentist but also significantly improve the treatment outcomes.  In order to properly treat patients who have experienced TDI, it is imperative that the dentist be compassionate, be able to control pain, help heal wounds rather than fix teeth, and be available to these patients by being on call during non-office hours. Approaching an emergent situation confidently can help the patient and/or parent feel at ease and thus allow for optimal treatment. 

The treating dentist must be willing to be a member of a team, which may include specialists such as endodontists, prosthodontists, periodontists, orthodontists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons. These specialists are often needed for consultation regarding treatment of the acute injury and may also be needed to provide specific services and/or comprehensive long-term care.  

Topics presented in this course include the epidemiology, prevention, general treatment considerations, and protocols for management of the full array of TDI. The sequelae of injuries to primary and permanent teeth are also addressed. This basic-level course is appropriate for dentists and for dental auxiliaries with some prior exposure to TDI.

AGD Subject Code: 314

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.


Course Objectives
  • Describe the epidemiology (including prevalence and risk factors) of traumatic dental injuries involving both the primary and permanent dentitions.
  • Identify preventative measures taken to reduce or eliminate traumatic dental injuries.
  • Identify the general treatment considerations when dealing with traumatic dental injuries.
  • Describe the components of a detailed diagnostic evaluation for traumatic dental injuries.
  • Describe treatments for traumatic dental injuries that reflect the best current evidence, based on the literature and professional opinion.
  • Identify the orthodontic implications of traumatic dental injuries.
  • Describe the sequelae of traumatic dental injuries to the primary dentition.
Zameera Fida, DMD, received a BS in nutritional sciences in 2004 from the University of Florida where she conducted research analyzing the growth and diet of pediatric HIV patients. Dr. Fida received her DMD in 2008 from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). She was nominated by the HSDM faculty for the Pierre Fauchard Academy Scholarship. Dr. Fida received her certificate in pediatric dentistry from Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and is currently the Predoctoral Director of Pediatric Dentistry at HSDM and full-time staff member at BCH. As a lecturer and clinical instructor at HSDM, she leads seminars on topics pertinent to pediatric dentistry. Board-certified in pediatric dentistry by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Dr. Fida works routinely with the emergency department of BCH to create educational workshops on dental trauma for their attendings and fellows. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association, AAPD, Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Her current research interests include trauma, dental education, and caries prevention.

Howard L. Needleman, DMD, is a pediatric dentist who has been in both clinical practice and academic dentistry since 1974. He graduated cum laude from HSDM in 1972 and completed his postdoctoral residency in pediatric dentistry at BCH in 1974. Dr. Needleman has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal for Scholastic Excellence, the Dr. Norman B. Nesbett Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry, the Award for Exceptional Interest in the Development of the Orofacial Complex, the Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Silver Anniversary Award from HSDM. 

Dr. Needleman is currently a clinical professor of oral and developmental biology at HSDM and a senior associate in dentistry at BCH where he is actively engaged in clinical research and teaching. In addition, Dr. Needleman is a founding partner of Chestnut Dental Associates, a multispecialty group dental practice in which he has practiced pediatric dentistry for more than 30 years. Dr. Needleman has served on numerous state and national professional committees and has authored more than 60 original articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also edited numerous dental textbooks and authored multiple chapters in both medical and dental texts.

Anthony DiAngelis, DMD, MPH, is the chief of dentistry at Hennepin County Medical Center and is a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more than 8 years, he has been an active member of the board of directors of the International Association of Dental Traumatology (IADT), serving as secretary, treasurer, and president-elect. Dr. DiAngelis has lectured extensively on dental trauma, both nationally and internationally, has published widely in the literature, and most recently chaired the task force that updated the IADT Dental Trauma Guidelines in 2011. He was lead author of the section of the IADT Guidelines on fractures and luxations of permanent teeth. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Dental Traumatology and Dental Abstracts, and previously served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Dental Association and Quintessence.
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