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Dental trauma prevention during endotracheal intubation — review of literature

Katarzyna Mańka-Malara, Dominika Gawlak, Anahit Hovhannisyan, Marta Klikowska, Jolanta Kostrzewa-Janicka
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.2015.0054
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2015;47(4):425-429.

open access

Vol 47, No 4 (2015)
Review articles
Submitted: 2015-09-20

Abstract

Endotracheal intubation is a procedure performed during general anaesthesia with the use of an endotracheal tube in order to maintain a patent airway. This routinely used procedure is connected with a risk of complications within the region of the masticatory system. Trauma of teeth, their surrounding structures and the soft tissue of the oral cavity is observed in app. 1.38 per 1000 procedures. The main causes of this damage are the surgical skills and experience of the surgeon, the anatomical conditions present and the mode of conducting the procedure. In order to reduce the risk of postoperative complications, patients with a high risk of sustaining an injury during endotracheal intubation should be equipped with elastic mouthguards, which reduces the possibility of damage. The scoring in a scale of endotracheal intubation difficulty should be used for qualification for the use of such mouthguards.

Abstract

Endotracheal intubation is a procedure performed during general anaesthesia with the use of an endotracheal tube in order to maintain a patent airway. This routinely used procedure is connected with a risk of complications within the region of the masticatory system. Trauma of teeth, their surrounding structures and the soft tissue of the oral cavity is observed in app. 1.38 per 1000 procedures. The main causes of this damage are the surgical skills and experience of the surgeon, the anatomical conditions present and the mode of conducting the procedure. In order to reduce the risk of postoperative complications, patients with a high risk of sustaining an injury during endotracheal intubation should be equipped with elastic mouthguards, which reduces the possibility of damage. The scoring in a scale of endotracheal intubation difficulty should be used for qualification for the use of such mouthguards.

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Keywords

dental trauma, endotracheal intubation, mouthguards

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Title

Dental trauma prevention during endotracheal intubation — review of literature

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 47, No 4 (2015)

Pages

425-429

DOI

10.5603/AIT.2015.0054

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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2015;47(4):425-429.

Keywords

dental trauma
endotracheal intubation
mouthguards

Authors

Katarzyna Mańka-Malara
Dominika Gawlak
Anahit Hovhannisyan
Marta Klikowska
Jolanta Kostrzewa-Janicka

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