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VOLUME 12 , ISSUE 2 ( March-April, 2019 ) > List of Articles


Self-insertion of Foreign Objects in Teeth

Bhanu Lakhani, Ekta Tomer, Nayanika Singh

Keywords : Foreign object, Hygiene, Neglect, Self-insertion, Teeth

Citation Information : Lakhani B, Tomer E, Singh N. Self-insertion of Foreign Objects in Teeth. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2019; 12 (2):145-149.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1595

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Introduction: Self-insertion of foreign objects in teeth is a common occurrence in children facing dental problems in an attempt to alleviate irritation, drainage, or other symptoms from teeth. However, this could lead to the development of infection and may worsen the condition if not intervened at an early stage. The removal of such objects and the preservation of involved teeth pose a challenge and, in some cases, the tooth must be extracted to resolve the infection. Aims and objectives: The aim of this article is to report cases of foreign object insertion and discuss the related consequences, thereby, stressing the importance of regular dental visits and maintenance of oral hygiene so as to minimize dental neglect. Case Studies: The article discusses four case reports of children in the age group 2-14 year old who reported with self- inserted foreign objects in their teeth. Discussion: Regular dental visits and timely dental management can help reduce the complications associated with such incidents. Ultrasonic instruments, the Masserann kit, periapical surgery and various other techniques have been recommended by the authors for successful removal of foreign objects from the pulp chamber and the canal.

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