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Mesiodens in primary, mixed and permanent dentitions: a clinical and radiographic study

  • Nazan Kocatas Ersin*1,*,
  • Umit Candan1
  • Ali Riza Alpoz1
  • Cemal Akay2

1Dental Faculty, Department of Pedodontics, Ege University, 35100 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey

2Dental Faculty, Department of Oral Surgery, Ege University, 35100 Bornova, Izmir, Turkey

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.28.4.0k2w2734hp76x541 Vol.28,Issue 4,October 2004 pp.295-298

Published: 01 October 2004

*Corresponding Author(s): Nazan Kocatas Ersin* E-mail:


The term mesiodens refers to a supernumerary tooth located between the maxillary central incisors.

The aim of the study was to investigate the characteristics of mesiodens among children in Turkey.The

study population involved 24 children who attended the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Ege

University for dental problems. The characteristics of mesiodens were obtained from clinical and

radiographic examinations. Results showed that twenty-four patients had thirty-four mesiodens for an

average of 1.42 mesiodens per person. Males were affected approximately 3 times more frequently in

comparison with females. Forty-two percent of the patients had bilateral mesiodens.All of the mesiodens

were conical in shape and 91 % were in the downward position. The age and sex distribution,

location, direction, eruption of mesiodens and effects on permanent maxillary incisors were also presented

in this study. It could be concluded that, delayed, ectopic or asymmetric eruption of the central

incisors should alert the clinician to the possibility of a mesiodens.

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Nazan Kocatas Ersin*,Umit Candan,Ali Riza Alpoz,Cemal Akay. Mesiodens in primary, mixed and permanent dentitions: a clinical and radiographic study. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2004. 28(4);295-298.


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