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This article reports the case of a 12-year-old patient with tooth extrusion, pain, gingival bleeding, and localized periodontitis near the maxillary second premolar. Despite probing and radiographic examination, it was not possible to establish the etiology. Tooth extraction was indicated because of the severe tooth mobility and extrusion. Curettage of the tooth socket revealed a rubber separator. Preventive approaches are suggested to avoid iatrogenesis and legal problems. Copyright © 2012 American Association of Orthodontists. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.


André da Costa Monini, Murilo de Sousa Guimarães, Luiz Gonzaga Gandini Júnior, Lourdes Santos-Pinto, Josimeri Hebling. Tooth separation: a risk-free procedure? American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics. 2012 Sep;142(3):402-5

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PMID: 22920707

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