Correctional nurses are often called upon to evaluate and triage dental emergencies. We will review common dental emergencies and outline appropriate management of these events, with particular attention to signs and symptoms of jaw fracture and recognition of fascial space infections of the head and neck region. We will also distinguish between true emergencies requiring immediate treatment and urgent issues that can wait until normal clinic session.
- Review clinical presentation of common dental emergencies seen in a correctional setting
- Delineate situations when the patient can wait to see the dentist and those that require a trip to the ER
- Demonstrate management of common dental emergencies