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Has anyone seen my tooth?

June 18, 2013

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9-year-old child presented to the ED with lip swelling after a fall.  On exam part of the patient’s incisor tooth could not be found and there was significant anterior upper lip swelling associated with a laceration to the buccal mucosa of the inner lip.  Xray revealed:

Fractured tooth

The fractured portion of the tooth can be seen lodged in the anterior lip!  The fragment was then removed and the patient was referred to dentistry. 

Author:  Russell Jones, MD

Image Contributor:  Kendra Grether-Jones, MD

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