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Early diagnosis and treatment of supplemental mandibular tooth: Report of a case

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This report describes a rare case of a supplemental tooth with a morfology similar to a lateral incisor, found in the canine region of the mandible of a 6-year-old male. The purpose of this paper is to report the importance of early diagnosis and treatment during mixed dentition. The treatment was extraction of the primary mandibular left canine soon after the initial diagnosis of the condition to facilitate the spontaneous eruption of the supplemental tooth and his removal. Twenty-nine months after the removal of the supplemental tooth the mandibular left canine was fully erupted into normal position. No complication arose from the presence of this supernumerary and his early diagnosis has been very important for not disrupting the normal erupting or alignment of other teeth.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2002

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  • Acquired after the merger between the American Society of Dentistry for Children and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2002, the Journal of Dentistry for Children (JDC) is an internationally renowned journal whose publishing dates back to 1934. Published three times a year, JDC promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. It covers a wide range of topics related to the clinical care of children, from clinical techniques of daily importance to the practitioner, to studies on child behavior and growth and development. JDC also provides information on the physical, psychological and emotional conditions of children as they relate to and affect their dental health.
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