Rehydration of a reattached fractured tooth fragment after prolonged dehydration

Arhun N., Onay E. O., ÜNGÖR M.

General Dentistry, vol.60, no.3, 2012 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: General Dentistry
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Crown fractures of the anterior teeth are one of the most common outcomes of trauma to the orofacial region. The reattachment of dental fragments is a conservative treatment and should be considered a primary treatment choice in the restoration of anterior tooth fractures. This article presents a clinical technique for the restoration of a fractured maxillary lateral incisor by reattaching the tooth fragment that was kept in dry conditions for five days with the aid of adhesive dentistry. The esthetic compromise of white color (due to excessive dehydration of the segment) was reconciled after one month of service in the mouth by regaining the natural color by rehydration. The one-year clinical evaluation revealed a successful outcome for this technique, and the patient was pleased with the esthetic results of the conservative treatment modality.