Author(s): Zeltser R, Cohen C, Casap N
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Abstract The implication of a broken anesthetic injection needle in the posterior part of the oral cavity is described. Needle breakage is preventable if proper preventive measures are used during local anesthesia administration. A broken needle should be removed immediately after a thorough localization and not left in the tissue, as previously believed. Computerized tomography (CT) scan is the proper diagnostic device to locate a broken needle. A careful surgical approach under general anesthesia is recommended to retrieve the needle. Clinical preventive guidelines are described and presented to the pediatric dentist.
This article was published in Pediatr Dent
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports