Introduction: Definitive management of traumatic injuries to the teeth and their supporting structures are often referred to the maxillofacial and oral surgeon for treatment of the acute phase. Further management (and trauma to the teeth alone) and follow up of the patient is then often taken over by a dental colleague
Ethics and permissions: All patients were informed of the study undertaken and written permission was obtained for the use of their clinical information.
Where clinical photographs were used, consents for the use of such images were obtained from the patient or guardian as applicable.
All permissions were granted freely and with no remuneration to the patients.
Patients and method: Patients who were definitively treated for traumatic injuries to their teeth and supporting structures at a private Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery practice from the period June 2005 to May 2011 were included in the study. Their surgical treatment outcome was evaluated via clinical and radiographic assessments
The patient’s satisfaction of outcomes, surgical care and dental follow up care, was assessed with the aid of a visual analogue scale.
Results: A proforma was developed for the capture of the data and the findings were analysed. The findings of this study will be presented in a Powerpoint format at the 20th International Conference on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Santiago, Chile in November 2011.
Conclusion: A team approach to the management of traumatic injuries of the teeth and supporting structures can result in excellent success and patient satisfaction.
Conflict of interest: None declared.