Executive Editor: Edward Ellis III, Kazuo Shimozato

General Editor: Daniel Buchbinder

Authors: J Andreasen, CP Cornelius, N Gellrich, S Hillerup, K Kusumoto, W Schubert

Dentoalveolar Trauma - Segmental alveolar fracture - ORIF

Aftercare following treatment of alveolar fractures

Optimal oral hygiene is essential including tooth brushing using a soft tooth brush and mouth rinsing with 0.1 % chlorhexidine twice a day. This is especially important until completion of gingival healing.

In case of undesired signs and symptoms related to the fixation appliance, the patient is encouraged to seek help as soon as possible.

Aftercare includes endodontic treatment in all teeth which develop pulp necrosis.

Follow-up
Occlusion should be regularly checked as a sign of sufficient reduction and fixation.

Diet
Patients are encouraged to restrict themselves to a semi-solid diet and avoid clenching and any other traumatic overload to the traumatized alveolar segment for a period of up to 4 weeks posttrauma.

Further treatment
Further dental treatment may be required as elective procedures, for example management of tooth fractures, discoloration, porcelain restoration, etc.

 

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