Management of Dental Trauma in the Pediatric Patient

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About The Presenter

Lina M. Cardenas, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. earned her first dental degree at CES University in Medellin, Colombia. She obtained her PhD in Dental Science (combined with Pediatric Dentistry) from Nagasaki University, Japan, where she was a recipient of a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education. She also received a Master of Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a combined program with Pediatric Dentistry. She participated in the core course of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program in Clinical Research and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Dr. Cardenas earned her second dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Cardenas has worked in NIDCR projects evaluating the dental phenotype of transgenic models. She has conducted multidisciplinary caries research investigating the mother-child transmissibility of bacteria involved with dental caries and intervention strategies to decrease this transmissibility. She has also conducted some research in various fields in pediatric dentistry including dental traumatology. While in the University of Texas at San Antonio, she was the course director of the Pulp Therapy and Oral Trauma course for Pediatric Dentistry residents.

Currently, Dr. Cardenas is the chair of the department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health at the University of Tennessee at Memphis.

  • April 16, 2010
  • 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Location: Memphis
  • Credit: 7 hours
  • Course Presenter: Lina M. Cardenas, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
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Cost and Location Specifics

Early Bird Special - $109 per auxiliary and $179 per dentist. After April 1: $129 per Auxiliary and $199 per dentist.

Registration at the door is an additional $25. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Humphrey’s General Education Building located at 8 Dunlap on the corner of Dunlap and Madison. Parking is available for $5 in the parking garage located next to the building at 869 Madison.

Course Description


Dental trauma is part of the General and Pediatric Dentistry practice. Current research has lead to a better understanding of the healing mechanisms that translate into better clinical protocols for the management of trauma. The course will start with an introduction to trauma and the evaluation of the patient with trauma. Then, a review of the classification, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic lesions is presented. Finally, several clinical cases will be presented and discussed.

A review of the current guidelines (from the American Academy of Endodontics, The International Association of Dental Traumatology and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) for the management of dental trauma in the primary and permanent dentition will be presented. Easy-to-use decision analysis and protocols for the emergency treatment as well as follow-up and referral needs will also be discussed.


Present a systematic way of gathering trauma history. Review the classification of traumatic dental injuries. Discuss the diagnosis, emergency treatment and follow-up in primary and permanent tooth trauma according to type of injury. Present clinical cases of primary and permanent tooth trauma.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 7 hours continuing education credits.