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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 481-483

Autogenous bonding of tooth fragment retained in lower lip after trauma

1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Veiga de Almeida University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Gloria Fernanda Barbosa de Araújo Castro
Departmento de Odontopediatria e Ortodontia, Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Caixa Postal 68066, Cidade Universitária CCS, Rio de Janeiro
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.107448

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In cases of trauma, dental fragments occasionally penetrate into the soft-tissues and may cause severe complications, if neglected. Clinical and radiographic examinations can provide a diagnosis and help in the surgical removal of any dental fragment embedded in soft-tissue. This case report concerns an 8-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a fragment of a fractured permanent central incisor crown located in the lower lip. The patient was seen initially at a general hospital, where the dental fragment went unnoticed. After 2 days, the patient was seen at the pediatric dentistry clinic, where a fragment embedded in the lower lip, causing a large swelling, was diagnosed. The fragment was removed surgically and bonded to the fractured tooth. A mouth guard was prescribed for sports. The importance of soft-tissue exploration even post-trauma was highlighted in this paper.

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