Dental patient-reported outcomes following traumatic dental injuries and treatment: a narrative review

Venkateshbabu Nagendrababu, Thilla Sekar VinoThkumar, Giampiero Rossi-Fedele, Henry F. Duncan, Paul V Abbott, Liran Levin, Shaul Lin, Paul M H Dummer

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Dental patient-reported outcomes (dPROs) are self-reported descriptions of a patient's oral health status that are not modified or interpreted by a healthcare professional. Dental patient-reported outcome measures (dPROMs) are objective or subjective measurements used to assess dPROs. In oral healthcare settings, the emphasis on assessing treatment outcomes from the patient's perspective has increased and this is particularly important after traumatic dental injuries (TDIs), as this group of injuries represent the fifth most prevalent disease or condition worldwide. The purpose of this review is to summarise the current use of dPROs and dPROMs in the field of dental traumatology. Oral Health-Related Quality of Life, pain, swelling, aesthetics, function, adverse effects, patient satisfaction, number of clinical visits, and trauma-related dental anxiety are the key dPROs following TDIs. Clinicians and researchers should consider the well-being of patients as their top priority and conduct routine evaluations of dPROs using measures that are appropriate, accurate and reflect what is important to the patient. After a TDI, dPROs can assist clinicians and patients to choose the best management option(s) for each individual patient, and potentially improve the methodology, design and relevance of clinical studies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDental Traumalogy
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2023


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