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J Korean Acad Pediatr Dent. 2012;39(1): 66-72.
AUTOTRANSPLANTATION OF TOOTH WITH IMMATURE ROOT FORMATION
Ji-sook Jung, Ho-won Park, Ju-hyun Lee, Hyun-woo Seo
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Science Research Center, College of Dentistry, Gangneung-Wonju National University
Corresponding Author: Ho-won Park ,Tel: 033-640-2464, Email: pedo@gwnu.ac.kr
Received: October 5, 2011;  Accepted: January 8, 2012.
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ABSTRACT
Autogenous tooth transplantation can be defined as the surgical movement of a tooth from one position in the mouth to another in the same individual. The most common reasons for tooth transplantation include replacement of a missing first molar, transplantation of impacted canines to their normal positions in the arch, and transplantation of premolars in areas of missing teeth, especially in the anterior area of the mouth. The key to successful tooth transplantation is proper selection of graft with adequate root development as well as the design of surgical operation. Root development stage with half to three-quarter-developed roots increase the success rate of autotransplantation. We report the cases of successful autotransplantation which resulted in ideal healing of periodontal ligament, gingiva and alveolar bone. All transplanted teeth presented immature root formation at the moment of the procedure. After surgical procedure, we can observe good healing pattern without endodontic problem.
Keywords: Autotransplantation | Immaturetooth | Impacted canine | Root fracture
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