Occasionally a patient will attempt to remove one or more of his/her own teeth.

Basis: self-destructive or self-injurious behavior


Risk factors:

(1) drug abuse, especially methamphetamine

(2) psychiatric disorder



(1) incomplete extraction

(2) infection with risk of abscess or osteomyelitis


Differential diagnosis:

(1) shedding of a deciduous tooth

(2) dislocation secondary to trauma

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