When treating dental trauma, the timeliness of care is key to saving the tooth in many cases. It is, therefore, important for all dentists to have an understanding of how to diagnose and treat the most common dental injuries. This is especially critical in the emergency phase of treatment.
Proper management of dental trauma is most often a team effort with general dentists, pediatric dentists or oral surgeons on the front line of the emergency service, and endodontic specialists joining the effort to preserve the tooth with respect to the pulp, pulpal space and root. An informed and coordinated effort from all team members ensures that the patient receives the most efficient and effective care.