The role of the military dental surgeon in treating facial injuries: A case report

Yehuda Zadik*

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This article describes the circumstances surrounding an intense, constant pain in the temporal region (visual analog scale 9-10) experienced by a 22-year-old combat officer in the Israel Defense Forces following a mild facial injury. The officer's wound included penetration of shrapnel particles into the facial skin, causing severe pain. Evaluations performed by a general surgeon, neurologist, psychiatrist, and otorhinolaryngologist did not reveal the source of this pain. Finally, a dental examination revealed that shrapnel had penetrated into the intraoral buccal mucosa near the right upper first molar. A "cold test" indicated the need for endodontic treatment of this tooth. After the treatment was completed, the patient's headache disappeared immediately, and the patient did not experience pain during a 6-month follow-up period. This case emphasizes the need for a dental surgeon to perform a meticulous intraoral examination in cases involving facial wounds. Reprint &

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1284-1286
Number of pages3
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


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