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Management of Supplemental Permanent Maxillary Lateral Incisors in Association With Talon Cusp on the Primary Predecessors: A Report of 3 Cases

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Most of the cases of talon cusp in the primary dentition affected the maxillary central incisors, but have no effect on the permanent successors. Among the 5 cases of a talon cusp in primary maxillary lateral incisors reported in the dental literature, however, one was associated with a supernumerary tooth and 3 with supplemental permanent successors. The purpose of this report was to describe 3 cases of a talon cusp on the primary maxillary lateral incisors of Chinese children, all of which were associated with talon teeth or the permanent successors. A conservative approach was used to manage these supplemental permanent lateral incisors, and the advantages of such an approach are discussed.
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Keywords: INCISORS; SUPERNUMERARY; TALON CUSP

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Ha Kwai Chung School Dental Clinic, Department of Health, HKSAR Government, Hong Kong, China 2: Postgraduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China 3: Professor in Dental Public Health, both in the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China 4: Fanling School Dental Clinic, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR Government, Hong Kong, China

Publication date: 01 January 2008

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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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