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Protecting All Children's Teeth (PACT): A Pediatric Oral Health Training Program
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Complications and Consequences of Tooth Injury
There are many possible consequences of oral injury:
Pain, which can be severe.
Infection, including
Abscess: A localized collection of pus surrounded by inflamed tissue.
abscess. (See Chapter 9 > Abscess.)
Ankylosis: Fusion of the alveolar bone with tooth cementum.
Inflammatory root resorption.
Aesthetic consequences.
Negative impact on self-esteem.
Impaired oral or phonetic function.
High cost.

For these reasons, prevention of tooth injury is paramount.
Fast Facts
Aesthetic consequences of tooth injury include tooth discoloration, tooth loss, and misalignment of the permanent dentition.
Anticipatory guidance can aid in prevention of tooth injury.

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