Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Dental injury in anaesthesia: A tertiary hospital's experience
Authors: Tan, Y
Loganathan, N
Thinn, K.K
Liu, E.H.C 
Loh, N.-H.W 
Keywords: anesthesia
case study
clinical practice
controlled study
data base
major clinical study
perioperative period
retrospective study
risk factor
tooth injury
trend study
general anesthesia
statistics and numerical data
tertiary care center
tooth injury
Anesthesia, General
Tertiary Care Centers
Tooth Injuries
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Tan, Y, Loganathan, N, Thinn, K.K, Liu, E.H.C, Loh, N.-H.W (2018). Dental injury in anaesthesia: A tertiary hospital's experience. BMC Anesthesiology 18 (1) : 108. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Background: Dental injury is a common perioperative complication, but there are no country specific data available, especially with the use of supraglottic airway devices (SAD). The aims of our study are to report the incidence, risk factors, and local practices in the management of perioperative dental injuries in Singapore. Methods: We analyzed data from the departmental database from 2011 to 2014, noting the anticipated difficulty of airway instrumentation, intubation grade, pre-existing dental risk factors, location of dental trauma discovery, position of teeth injured and presence of dental referral. The risk factors for dental trauma were then identified using logistic regression (between 51 dental trauma patients and 55,107 patients without dental trauma). Results: The rate of dental injury was 0.092% for general anaesthesia cases. The most significant patient risk factor is the presence of pre-existing dental risk factors (OR 12.55). Anaesthetic risk factors include McGrath MAC usage (OR 2.51) and a Cormack and Lehane grade of 3 or more (OR 7.25). Most of the dental injuries were discovered in the operating theatre. 7 (13.7%) patients had SAD inserted and only 23 (45.1%) cases were referred to dental services. Conclusion: Videolaryngoscopy with the McGrath MAC is associated with an increased likelihood of dental injury. This could be either because videolarygoscopes were used when increased risk of dental trauma was anticipated, or due to incorrect technique of laryngoscopy. Future studies should be done to establish the causality. The management of dental injuries could be improved with development of departmental guidelines. © 2018 The Author(s).
Source Title: BMC Anesthesiology
ISSN: 14712253
DOI: 10.1186/s12871-018-0569-6
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Elements
Staff Publications

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormatAccess SettingsVersion 
10_1186_s12871-018-0569-6.pdf600.07 kBAdobe PDF




checked on May 21, 2022

Page view(s)

checked on May 12, 2022

Google ScholarTM



This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons