Sharif MO, Tejani-Sharif A, Kenny K, Day PF

There is significant heterogeneity in outcomes reported for TDI in the literature. These findings preclude meaningful meta-analysis between studies. Future clinical studies need to consider collecting a more consistent and wider range of outcomes, which should include one or more from each of the following domains: health resources utilisation, adverse effects and quality of life and family outcome. There is a clear need for the development of a Core Outcome Set for Traumatic Dental Injuries (TDI) using robust and established methodology, thus optimizing the value of future research. See full abstract.

JOA: After final editing of the 5th edition of the Textbook and Color Atlas of Traumatic Injuries to the Teeth I fully agree that many clinical studies in dental traumatology very often lack important information about the material collection, definition of healing outcomes and they often have statistical short-comings. This article should serve as a model for future clinical studies.


Jens Ove Andreasen (JOA) & Eva Lauridsen (EL)