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(Click the link to comment and to vote - voting not working through email, sorry!) A 4 year old child comes in 20 minutes after falling with avulsion of her left upper lateral incisor. The parents have brought the tooth in a tissue. The entire crown and root are present. There is no active bleeding from the socket. The remainder of her exam is normal; she is able to open her mouth widely without pain and has no bony tenderness over her facial bones or jaw. [yop_poll id="57"]

Tips and Tricks

Your local hospital cafeteria can be a useful resource in managing your PED patients:
  1. Sugar liberally applied to the edema of a paraphimosis or rectal prolapse may help decrease swelling and improve reduction efforts
  2. A mayonnaise packet provides useful lubricant for removing a tight ring
  3. Tannins from a tea bag (particularly black tea) can help clotting with post dental extraction bleeding (place a moistened tea bag in the socket and have the patient apply pressure by biting down)
  4. A packet of sugar + 10 mL sterile water = make your own sucrose solution for treatment of pain associated with procedures in infants
Know of any more? Comment below!
What do you do if you have a patient with a tooth avulsion and no commercial periodontal dressing? You can use the flexible thin metal nasal bridge on an N95 mask and glue the reimplanted avulsed tooth to an adjacent tooth using 2-octocyanoacrylate skin adhesive (made for laceration repair). N95 maskN95 mask, Amazon.com See this discussed in an Aliem.com trick of the trade See more on tooth avulsion management from NCEMI Common Simple Emergencies

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