A 15-year-old boy was referred to an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department because of a persistent tooth 85 and a malposition of tooth 45. Following additional examination, it was concluded that the root formation of tooth 45 was already completed. Furthermore, it was horizontally impacted against the inferior border of the mandible. The decision was made to extract tooth 85 and to autotransplant tooth 45. Post-operatively, tooth 45 was fixed to the orthodontic equipment already in place and later treated endodontically. The success rate of this kind of autotransplantation of teeth with already closed apices (94%) is comparable in the literature to the success rate of autotransplantation of teeth with open apices (98%). Autotransplantation should be considered, especially in patients who are still growing and for whom dental implants do not (yet) offer a solution.
J. de Lange
|Publicatiedatum||7 september 2018|
|Editie||Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd - Jaargang 125 - editie 9 - september 2018; 449-453|