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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 94-98

Clinical and surgical considerations for impacted mesiodens in young children: An update

1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, National Dental College and Hospital, Dera Bassi, Mohali, Punjab, India
2 Department of Pedodontics, Bhojia Dental College and Hospital, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Sunila Sharma
H. No. 124- E, Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana, Punjab, 141 001
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.106462

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Background: Most supernumerary teeth are located in the anterior maxillary region and are classified according to their form and location. Their presence may give rise to a variety of clinical problems. Detection of supernumerary teeth is best achieved by thorough clinical and radiographic examination. Supernumerary teeth may be encountered by the general dental practitioner as a chance finding on a radiograph or as the cause of an impacted central incisor. Design: This article presents an overview of the clinical problems associated with supernumerary teeth and includes a discussion of the classification, diagnosis, and management of this difficult clinical entity. Conclusion: The most common supernumerary tooth, which appears in the maxillary midline, is mesiodens. Their diagnosis and management should form part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Treatment depends on the type and position of the supernumerary tooth and on its effect on adjacent teeth. The article throws a light on various modalities for investigation and treatment of supernumerary teeth, which is important for an early intervention in children to avoid major complications.

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