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Article: Volume 44 Number 2 Page 164 - February 2017

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  Dent Update 2017; 44: 164-165

Technique Tips:  Technique Tips – Traumatized Fractured Incisors- Re-attachment of the Fragment

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Abstract: A common outcome of dental trauma is fracture of the incisors. Since the advent of adhesive dentistry, re-attachment of the fragment has been reported.1 It is a technique that can easily restore a fractured tooth, arguably giving a quicker and more aesthetic outcome than the average composite restoration.2 Yet, in the author’s experience, this technique is not performed in general practice as often as it could be. A simple case is presented with a summary of the technique used; it only required materials readily available in most general practices. It is assumed that standard guidelines would be followed in all trauma cases (www.dentaltraumaguide.org). Obviously, this technique is only suitable if the fragment is intact and can be located onto the tooth stump. Pulpal protection was unnecessary in this case but must be considered.

Author notes: Richard Lilleker, BDS, Gwynne Dental, 41 Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke RG21 3EP, UK.