Mesiodens: A clinical and radiographic study of 82 teeth in 55 children below 14 years


INTRODUCTION Supernumerary teeth refers to an excessive number of teeth and are relatively common in the oral cavity. The supernumerary tooth located in the midline of the maxilla between the central incisors is referred to as "mesiodens". The present study emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary management and long-term follow-up of patients with mesiodens. AIM OF THE STUDY This study investigates the characteristics of mesiodens among children in patients reported to department of pediatric and preventive dentistry in an institution in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study population consisted of 55 children below 14 years. The characteristics of mesiodens were obtained from radiographs and clinical examination. And all these were confirmed as mesiodens by surgical intervention. RESULTS Results showed that males were affected approximately 2 times as frequently as females. Predominant shape of the mesiodens was conical (79.7%). 27 (49.09%) of 55 patients had multiple mesiodens. 25 (45.45%) of 55 patients required orthodontic correction after surgery. CONCLUSIONS Mesiodens can cause many complications. So routine radiographic examination of all pediatric patients is advised. And when identified, they should be extracted as early as possible in children and adolescents in order to avoid possible complications.

DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.113298

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@inproceedings{Ramesh2013MesiodensAC, title={Mesiodens: A clinical and radiographic study of 82 teeth in 55 children below 14 years}, author={Krishnan Ramesh and Karthik Venkataraghavan and Shiji M. Kunjappan and Maya Ramesh}, booktitle={Journal of pharmacy & bioallied sciences}, year={2013} }