Hospital adds new service for dental trauma patients
Le Bonheur now offers services for children who have experienced a dental trauma in the Emergency Department (ED). The collaborative 24-hour service is a partnership with The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), College of Dentistry. The program treats trauma patients who present to the ED as well as those who are admitted and have resulting dental trauma.
By adding this service to the range of multi-disciplinary subspecialty care, Le Bonheur offers children comprehensive care following a traumatic injury. In the case of dental trauma, the longer it remains untreated, the greater likelihood the teeth will be lost. Dentists are on call 24 hours a day to provide emergency care.
The hospital has two dental trauma rooms with the diagnostic tools and equipment necessary for emergent treatment. Services include teeth extractions, suturing, treatment for avulsions and removing orthodontic bands.
“Our new space, coupled with our excellent dental support, allows us to provide the absolute highest level of care for children experiencing dental emergencies,” said Barry Gilmore, MD, chief of Emergency Services.
Martha Wells, DDS, MS, assistant professor of Pediatric Dentistry at UTHSC, added, “Le Bonheur has made a significant investment in providing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for dental services in the Emergency Department, and UT dentists remain committed to working with Le Bonheur in rendering excellent dental care for the children throughout the region.”
“This collaborative effort allows children to receive more comprehensive emergency dental services and to receive them more quickly, which will result in more savable teeth and better oral health for our children.”
Le Bonheur will continue to treat children who need intravenous sedation for dental services in the operating room, so they can be monitored by anesthesiologists.