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J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2008;35(1): 175-180.
Joung-Hyun Kwon, Byung-Jai Choi, Hyung-Jun Choi, Seong-Oh Kim, Heung-Kyu Son, Jae-Ho Lee
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry and Oral Science Research Center, Yonsei University
Corresponding Author: Jae-Ho Lee ,Tel: 02-2228-3173, Email: leejh@yumc.yonsei.ac.kr
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Traumatic injuries to the primary dentition are commonly encountered problems in dental practice. It is found that 30% of the children had injuries to the primary dentition and 22% to the permanent dentition. The greatest incidence of trauma to the primary dentition occurs at the ages of 2 and 3 as children start to learn motor coordination. Because teeth and alveolar bone are traumatized simultaneously, alveolar bone fractures are likely to occur when multiple teeth are involved in injuries. Dental splints are indicated for the management of maxillofacial fractures. They enable anatomic reduction of fractured segments and help immobilization and maintenance of the fragments after reduction. They also act as a stabilizer during rehabilitation. Various types of dental splints are available. In this case, routine resin-wire splint technique could not be applied because of the child's uncooperative behavior. Oral sedation was not indicated because N.P.O. had not been preceded. Therefore, we decided to use open-cap acrylic splint instead. Stabilization using open cap acrylic splint requires minimum chair time with reduced discomfort to both patient and dentist. It is an effective means of splint for uncooperative children and especially useful when other means of fixation have been failed. Because trauma on the primary dentition can affect the underlying permanent tooth germ, it is important to monitor eruption process of the permanent dentition.
Keywords: Alveolar bone fracture | Splint | Dental trauma
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