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Dent Traumatol. 2011 Aug;27(4):309-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2011.00994.x. Epub 2011 Jun 7.

Tooth embedded in tongue following firearm trauma: report of two cases.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Post-Graduate Program of Pernambuco Dentistry College, Camaragibe, Pernambuco, Brazil.


Injuries caused by projectiles from firearms involve diverse patterns of dentoalveolar trauma due to the different types of wound and extent of tissue damage. This article reports two cases in which tooth fragments were embedded in the tongue following aggression from a firearm projectile in the facial region. Radiographs confirmed the presence of foreign bodies, which were surgically removed under local anesthesia. When dentoalveolar trauma occurs in facial injuries, both hard and soft tissues must be carefully examined to avoid overlooking embedded tooth fragments not located immediately in the soft tissue.

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