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Vol. 72, No. 6
ISSN: 1488-2159
July / August 2006


Hard Tissue Pediatric Facial Trauma: A Review


• Nicholas J.V. Hogg, MD, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C) •
• Bruce B. Horswell, MD, DDS, MS, FACS •

A b s t r a c t

Although hard tissue injuries are uncommon in the pediatric patient, dentists may be involved in the initial assessment of these patients. In this paper, we review fractures of the facial skeleton with a focus on dentoalveolar injuries. Minimally displaced fractures in pediatric patients can be managed conservatively, while displaced fractures may require open approaches and rigid fixation. New fixation stratagems are presented, and possible facial growth disturbances resulting from trauma are discussed.


MeSH Key Words: child; facial bones/injuries; skull fractures/diagnosis; skull fractures/surgery
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