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Scientific Dentistry.

A remarkable instance of the constructivo skill of a dentist has come to the knowledge of the Auckland "Herald." It appears that in July last a yodng woman named Miss O'Donnell, aged 16, the daughter of a settler residing s,t Kaeo, was interested hx watching her brother clean a gun which had been returned the previous day. The gun was said to be uncharged, but no effort appears to have been made to prove the truth of the statement. While watching her brother cleaning the gun, the xharge exploded, and the shot lodged in Miss O'Donnell's left cheek, injuring the sight 'of the right eye, smashing and carrying away the bones of the upper and lower jaws' and destroying every tooth In her head, save one. The pieoes of jaw bone not carried away at the time had to be removed subsequently by Dr Haines, but this was six months afler the accident, the girl having remained' the whole of that time without the necessary medical skill to attend to her very serious injuries. After the pieces of decomposed bone had been successfully removed by Dr Haines, and proper attention paid to her, the many points of discharge which were in operation, owing to the presence qf pieces of dead bone, soon'coasod, and a general healing of the wouuad took place, After all the wounds had been healeil, Dr Haines soul fcho patient to Air W. 11. Skeol, of Iho-City Dental Rooms, Queen street, who had not only to replace ,;lu> l.ccth in both upper and lower j.-iws, .but also to supply the .loss of bone so as to restore Iho nat.r l fc o::^v*: ■■:■■■" of tho face. This has I . --it '•'. ■■■■ ■■ ■ < flkitintly that little is now seen of the terrible oifcets of tho accidental discharge of the fowling piece in J nly List. Some scars, of course, still remain ; but even those will be ijoftened down by- increase of years. A most remarkable restoration and cure has been etFocted. The faco and mouth have now quite a natural and pleasing iippearance, and. the patient is able to cat with comfort and pleasure, and can speak as distinctly as «vcr, The cure, alto, «otoer, is oho of the most romarkablo in dental science which has yet taken place'

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Scientific Dentistry., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2445, 19 June 1890

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Scientific Dentistry. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2445, 19 June 1890