Dr Arun Natarajan

NZDA Arun Natarajan

Paediatric trauma- Cat got your tongue? A case review of common and not so common cases

Traumatic dental injuries can be incredibly stressful for both the affected child and their parents. It can also be challenging for the dental team involved, as its management may be complicated, unpredictable, time consuming and difficult in a young child, due to behaviour management considerations and immature tooth development. Being prepared with evidence-based guidelines and knowing how to apply them is the key to achieving successful short and long term treatment outcomes for our Paediatric patients. Join our panelists Arun, Caitlin and Assil on a journey through Paediatric dental trauma looking at a range of cases on topics such as complicated crown fractures, immature vs. mature traumatised teeth and replacement resorption/ankylosis. A focus will be placed on the importance of the multidisciplinary management of complex cases and the key role that general dental practitioners play along the treatment pathway. This interactive session will have you thinking outside the box and introduce you to the contemporary management of dental trauma in children and adolescents, new materials and alternative techniques that you can apply in your practice.


Arun obtained his BDS from India and a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He then trained as a senior registrar at The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, and gained membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in Paediatric Dentistry. Currently, Arun works as a Consultant Paediatric Dentist at the Christchurch Hospital Dental Service.

Arun is actively involved in supervising elective projects for 5th year BDS students at Otago and teaching dental house surgeons at Christchurch Hospital. He is passionate about all aspects of paediatric dentistry including research and leadership.

Arun has presented widely at national and international level, and is a NZ representative of The D3 Group and current president for the NZ branch of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry. Outside Dentistry.

Arun lives in Christchurch with his wife, two young children and enjoys tramping, alpine climbing, biking, socialising and food.