Subcutaneous emphysema during restorative dentistry

Robert J. Steelman, Phyllis W. Johannes

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Background. Subcutaneous emphysema is a rare occurrence in the dental setting. When it does occur, the entity may be mistaken for an anaphylactic reaction to a local anaesthetic agent or other medications used in dental surgery. Case Report. During restorative treatment of a left second primary molar air was introduced under an operculum. Communication with submandibular and sublingual spaces to the mediastinum was established. Conclusion. Therapy for subcutaneous emphysema involves, correct diagnosis and antibiotic coverage. Subcutaneous air will resolve over time so observation is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-229
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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