Broken Dental Needle During Administration of Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block: a Case Report and Review of Literature.
No Thumbnail Available
College of Health Sciences University of Ilorin
Administration of local anaesthesia using dental needles is a daily routine in dental clinic which is rarely accompanied with complications. We therefore present a 7 year old patient with accidental broken dental needle that occurred in an attempt to give local anaesthesia in a referral centre. Plain radiographs reveal a radio-opaque structure around the zygomatic arch extending posteriorly to the mastoid air cells which enhanced surgical retrieval under general anaestheisa. This was the first time such a case was encountered and reported in Ilorin. This case highlights absolute indication, and method for surgical retrieval and suggestions for prevention of such occurrences in the future is discussed.
Dental needle , Broken , Inferior alveolar nerve , Anaesthesia
Adeyemi MF, Ibraheem GH, Ernest MA, Adeyemo WL, Ernest SK. Broken Dental Needle During Administration of Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block: a Case Report and Review of Literature. Tropical Journal of Health Sciences 2015; 22:19-23.