Spontaneous exfoliation of teeth following severe elemental mercury poisoning: case report and histological investigation for mechanism.

@article{Martin1997SpontaneousEO,
  title={Spontaneous exfoliation of teeth following severe elemental mercury poisoning: case report and histological investigation for mechanism.},
  author={Micheal D Martin and Briana Jill Williams and Jeanne Charleston and Dolphine Oda},
  journal={Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics},
  year={1997},
  volume={84 5},
  pages={495-501}
}
BACKGROUND Although the spontaneous exfoliation of teeth and breakdown of oral tissues from severe mercury intoxication have been noted for over a century, there are no published reports investigating the mechanisms of these phenomena. Severe mercury poisoning is rare in modern times, but it does occur. We present a case report and a histopathologic investigation into the mechanism of the associated tooth loss. METHODS An exfoliated tooth and periodontal and gingival tissues were obtained… CONTINUE READING