Wilderness Expedition Dentistry is a branch of medicine that addresses prevention, assessment and management of accidents and emergencies associated with the orofacial region in remote settings where definitive care is often days or weeks away.
Adventure racing , extreme sports and endurance events poses a risk to oral health. Prevention of dental problems in endurance athletes is something we all should aspire. Primary dental first aid training for non medics supporting endurance events is a necessity. This module was constructed as a staff training module for Rat Race Adventure Sports. It aims to train them in prevention and management of these increasingly common issues.
Emergency tooth filling is the most common wilderness expedition dentistry procedure. Filling a tooth could save an expedition. Its a simple process resulting in immediate pain relief. Its essential that medics supporting adventure racing and endurance events are familiar with this essential skill.
Offshore Medics facing dental emergencies have stated that front teeth injuries are one of the most common dental injuries. Medics4Myanmar also wanted guidance on how to deal with this common facial injury. So in response this module will cover. Techniques regarding how to deal with a fractured front tooth on an expedition, what to do if a front tooth gets knocked out and placement of a dental splint.
Prevention and management of dental emergencies should be the aim of all offshore medics. This would equate in decrease of medivacs , increased efficiency and improved comfort of the workforce.
Offshore workers historically have a high rate of dental and gum disease. Once we understand why and what causes dental decay and gum disease. We can then take the required steps to prevent and manage their oral health.
Preventing dental decay and gum disease in offshore rig workers should be an industry aim. It would reduce medivac rates, increase efficiency and improve the overall long term health of the workforce. This would require a team effort from human resources to the medical team.
Facial Trauma in austere environment involves extended field care. How to deal with facial trauma in this resource poor environment was covered in a series of webinars arranged by World Extreme Medicine. These webinars are free educational resources for the Medics4Myanmar. It aims towards managing facial trauma till the patient can reach specialist care. In a resource poor environment with restricted specialist skills, treatment will be a balance of compromises and risk assessments.
Dental local anaesthesia in facial trauma is an important part of pain management . Following our webinar " Managing Facial Trauma In Austere Environment " under the auspices of World Extreme Medicine. There were numerous questions regarding how to give local anaesthesia inside the mouth. This module covers the techniques of dental local anaesthesia and should answer all your questions regarding this subject.
Dental extraction in facial trauma maybe a unfortunate urgent necessity. Facial Injury may result in fractured mobile teeth. These could interfere with bite, get swallowed or inhaled. These may need dental extraction. Following our webinar " Facial Injury In Conflict Zone". We were asked for some guidance on how this can be done in emergency circumstances where specialist care is unavailable
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dislocation is an acute emergency. Reduction and stabilisation of this dislocated jaw joint is a relatively simple process if done immediately. In a resource poor environment where access to specialist service is delayed or not available, one should be familiar with the diagnosis and management of this emergency.
Facial Trauma involving mandibular fracture can be difficult to manage on an expedition, in the wilderness. Medivac may be delayed or not available. A simple bridle wire placement could go a long way in managing airway, bleeding and pain. A medic in extended field care setting should know the basics of jaw wiring.
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