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Lego of that

Sir, we would like to share with you a recent amusing incident which turned up as an emergency at our practice. We were presented with a slightly worried father and a distraught 7-year-old boy. The 7-year-old boy had never attended our practice before and his father had enquired at the reception if we could see him as he had 'a piece of LEGO stuck in his tooth'. We suspected the young boy had managed to trap a slither of LEGO interproximally. However, you can understand our surprise when he opened his mouth to confirm the presence of a full size, black square LEGO block stuck firm over his lower right central incisor (Fig. 1). The LEGO piece was so firm it was too difficult to prise it off. The boy was very anxious and becoming increasingly upset so it was decided to cut it off as one would remove a temporary crown. Thankfully once the LEGO was removed the tooth below was revealed to be unharmed. I wonder if in future LEGO could modify such pieces to be used as temporary crowns. Although the boy's father was relieved the LEGO was removed, his son was a little upset that he was now missing the last piece from his new LEGO spaceship!

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LEGO block attached to incisor

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Baker, D., Flaherty, S. Lego of that. Br Dent J 204, 657 (2008).

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