TREATING TRAUMATIC DENTAL INJURIES IN THE PRIMARY DENTITION: CHILD-ORIENTED THINKING
Dr. Georgios Tsilingaridis graduated at the Karolinska Institute in 1997. In 2004, he completed his pediatric dentistry specialisation at the Eastman Institute in Stockholm, and in 2013 he defended his doctoral dissertation at the Karolinska Institute.
He is currently associate professor, head of the division of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and vice dean at the department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. He is also director of studies for all post-graduate education in the Region of Stockholm.
He is the past-president of the Swedish Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the past-president of the Swedish national group of directors for studies for postgraduate education. He is a board-member of the IADT and works in several committees in the IADT as well as in EAPD.
He is the author and co-author of several original scientific publications, co-author of Chapters 12, 16 and 17 in the Textbook and Color Atlas of Traumatic Injuries to the Teeth, 5th Edition, and co-author of the recently published IADT trauma guidelines.
Injuries to the oral region are very common and in children almost every third injury is a traumatic dental injury (TDI). The most common reasons for TDIs in the primary dentition are accidental falls, leisure activities, and collisions. This is especially seen when the young child is learning to crawl, walk and run. TDIs in the primary dentition most often occur in children between the ages of 2–6 years with injuries to periodontal tissues occurring most frequently. TDIs can be considered a public dental health problem since it affects many young children that are in growth and development and many times need complicated treatments. This lecture will present what is best practice when treating TDIs in the primary dentition with the child in focus based on the existing evidence.