How do I manage a traumatically displaced primary incisor?
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- Incidents of primary incisors displaced as a result of trauma caused by impact occur most often when the child’s gross motor skills and coordination are still under development.
- The younger the child, the more likely that total tooth displacement will occur, as opposed to tooth/root fracture. The pediatric alveolus by nature tends to be more elastic and will preferentially yield to the force of impact, resulting in total tooth displacement.
- University Hospital of Copenhagen and the International Association of Dental Traumatology. The dental trauma guide. Primary teeth [accessed 2012 Nov 23]. Available: http://dentaltraumaguide.org/Primary_teeth.aspx.
- Flores MT, Malmgren B, Andersson L, Andreasen JO, Bakland LK, Barnett F, et al. Guidelines for the management of traumatic dental injuries. III. Primary teeth. Dent Traumatol. 2007;23(4):196-202.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Guideline on management of acute dental trauma. Pediatr Dent. 2009;31(6):187-95.
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