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Article: Volume 47 Number 11 Page 951 - December 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 951-955

Orthodontics:  Update on tooth notation, guidelines for extraction and a new technique for extractions: intra-oral dental marking

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Abstract: Effective communication is required when referring patients for extractions and surgical procedures. There are multiple notation systems used for the identification of teeth, making communication for dental extractions challenging. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the methods available to identify teeth and to propose a novel technique to identify erupted teeth for extraction.

Clinical relevance: Dental professionals should be aware of the importance of effective communication when identifying teeth planned for extraction and using a method that will minimize the chances of wrong tooth extraction.

Author notes: Krishna Patel, BDS, PgCert(Primary Dental Care), PgDip(Primary Dental Care), Dental Core Trainee in Paediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Huw G Jeremiah, BDS, BSc(Hons), MFDS RCS(Eng), MSc(Orth), MOrth RCS(Ed), FDS(Orth) RCS(Ed), Consultant in Orthodontics, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Andrew Barber, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Eng), MSc(Dental Implantology), FDS(Rest Dent) RCS(Eng), PGCertMedEd, FHEA, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ, UK. email: k.rai.patel@gmail.com

Objective: The reader should be aware of the importance of excellent communication when identifying teeth planned for extraction and using a method that will minimise the chances of wrong tooth extraction.

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