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Article: Volume 47 Number 11 Page 940 - December 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 940-944

Paediatric dentistry:  Restoration of the fractured permanent incisor in young patients

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Abstract: This article describes the immediate and definitive options for treating a child or young person presenting with a fractured permanent incisor. Furthermore, it considers three common clinical problems that dentists may encounter when restoring these teeth, and provides advice on how to overcome these difficulties. This article also aims to increase the reader’s awareness of the importance of providing an optimal restoration for young patients, and the potential short- and long-term consequences of failing restorations.

Clinical relevance: This article aims to guide the reader through the recommended techniques for restoring fractured permanent incisors in young patients and demonstrate how to manage common clinical challenges, while highlighting the importance of providing an optimal restoration.

Author notes: Fiona Noble, BDS, MFDS, PGCert MedEd, Academic Clinical Fellow in Paediatric Dentistry, Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield, Helen Jessica Rogers, BDS, MJDF, DipConSed, MClinRes, MPaedDent, Doctoral Research Fellow/Honorary Post-CCST Registrar in Paediatric Dentistry, Unit of Oral Health, Dentistry and Society and Chris Deery, BDS, MSc, FDS(Paeds), PhD, Professor/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, Dean, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, UK. email:

Objective: The reader should be aware of the recommended techniques to restore fractured permanent incisors in young patients, the common clinical problems that may be encountered, and how these can be managed.

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