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4.21 Orthodontic complications


Presentation

Someone wearing braces on his teeth was struck on the mouth or spontaneously the orthodontic appliances broke, puncturing, hooking or otherwise entrapping some oral mucosa. There may be pain, blood, lacerations, a confusing tangle of wires and elastic bands, and panic on the part of the patient and family. Other problems involve food, candy or chewing gum becoming stuck and causing gingival infection.

What to do:

What not to do:

Discussion

Fortunately, the tongue and oral mucosa usually heal with few complicating infections or tissue necrosis.

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