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