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Dental Emergencies: A Primer for Correctional Health Care Professionals  

Author:  Joseph M.  Poland, D.D.S., M.S.D..

Source: Volume 04, Number 04, May/June 2003 , pp.49-54(6)

Correctional Health Care Report

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The purpose and goal of this article on traumatic injuries of teeth, their supporting structures and the maxillo-facial complex is to familiarize the non-dental health care practitioner with the diagnosis and immediate care needs of the injured patient in a correctional setting. Injuries may range in severity and extent from a simple chipped tooth to extensive complex injuries involving teeth, fractured bones and associated soft tissues. The epidemiology accounting for the majority of such injuries within a correctional setting occurs as a result of accidental falls, sports related injuries during recreation, the meal hall and physical assaults.

Keywords: Fractures, Luxation, Avulsion, Alveolar, Soft Tissue, VII cranial nerve

Affiliations:  1: Mid America Health.

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