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Identification and management of foreign body in the primary teeth
  1. Vivek Mehta1,
  2. Anupma Raheja2 and
  3. Rajeev Kumar Singh3
  1. 1Pedodontics with Preventive Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia Faculty of Dentistry, New Delhi, India
  2. 2Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Rama Dental College and Hospital and Research Centre Kanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  3. 3Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry, King George's Medical University Faculty of Dental Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rajeev Kumar Singh; rajkids2000{at}


Paediatric dentists encounter many emergencies in child patients and entrapment of foreign bodies in teeth is a commonly anticipated complication. It is more frequently seen in children with chronic carious lesions or due to teeth with wide open pulp chambers and pulp canals affected with caries or traumatic dental injuries. Here, we report a case of successful management of foreign body lodgement in the primary teeth of a middle childhood female patient along with a literature review of various foreign bodies identified in the past and some practical recommendations for the prevention of such incidents in the future.

  • Dentistry and oral medicine
  • Mouth
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery

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  • Contributors The following authors were responsible for drafting of the text, sourcing and editing of clinical images, investigation results, drawing original diagrams and algorithms, and critical revision for important intellectual content: VM, AR and RKS. The following authors gave final approval of the manuscript: VM, AR and RKS.

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