Excerpt from The Ohio Dental Journal, 1894, Vol. 14
He said, as long as children play and stone sidewalks are hard, so long will teeth occasionally be broken off. Sometimes a 'whole tooth is knocked out or broken off at the gum line, but more often a corner is just chipped. Again, the whole incising edge is snapped off far enough down to involve the pulp. What should be done in such cases? These accidents most often occur in childhood, so that we, as conscientious practitioners, must con sider what is best, not only to remedy the present disfigurement, but also to secure the best results for a lifetime.
For these growing patients, the extirpation of the pulp, and placing a crown should be the last resort.
Several cases in practice were then related. The conserva tive treatment of a pulp exposed through the fracture of a central incisor, is thus given With bibulous paper I removed the blood from the exposed portion of the pulp, bathing with a mild anti septic, and after thoroughly drying the fractured end of the tooth, including the exposed portion of the pulp, I ﬂowed collo dion over the pulp, allowing it to extend to a short distance beyond the exposure. After this was dry I repeated the opera tion two or three times, then before the last coat was quite dry I covered the spot with a small piece of No. 4 gold foil. I repeated this operation with the collodion and gold foil several times; then being careful to remove all the collodion from the margins.
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