James, aged 7, and his brother, Coen, aged 10, are playing footy. James trips over Coen and lands on his face, meanwhile the momentum carries Coen forwards and he hits his face against the goal post…the tumble results in each of the boys avulsing a tooth!
Although both boys sustain a similar traumatic dental injury, the two children can have very different outcomes and much depends on the immediate and follow-up management by their dentist. There are things we must do as part of the emergency management as well as things that we should not do. Various sequelae can develop during the follow-up period and their management can range from simple things such as observation to much more complicated treatments such as decoronation, loss of the tooth, etc.
This lecture will explore the potential complications and outcomes, along with outlining what we can do as dentists for these two patients.
About the Presenters:
Winthrop Professor Paul Abbott is a Specialist Endodontist. Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, as Dean and Head of the Dental School and Director of OHCWA, from 2003 – 2009 and then lead in endodontics, he spent 17 years in private specialist endodontic practice in Perth and Melbourne. He has presented hundreds of CPD events all over the world and published numerous articles and textbook chapters. In 2015, he was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Dental Traumatology. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and for service to the dental profession, particularly in education and research. In 2015, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Dr Jilen Patel is a specialist paediatric dentist. He is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry at the UWA Dental School and Consultant at Perth Children’s Hospital. He is the recipient
of several grants and awards including multiple community service grants aimed to extend dental services to vulnerable communities. He has previously received both the both the Royal Australasian College emerging lecturer award and Australian Dental Association/Pierre Fauchard Academy’s young lecturer award. Jilen was also named the 2019 West Australian Young Achiever of the year award recognising his work with vulnerable and medically compromised children and his volunteer efforts in remote Kimberley communities.