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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 258-260

Fusion of a primary mandibular lateral incisor and canine: A rarity


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, D. Y. Patil University School of Dentistry, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Treville Pereira
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology, D. Y. Patil University School of Dentistry, Sector, Nerul, Navi Mumbai - 400 706, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_78_17

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Fusion is a developmental anomaly of dental hard tissues characterized by the union of two adjacent teeth. It may be complete with the formation of an abnormally large tooth or incomplete with the union of crowns or roots only. The exact cause is still unknown. This report describes a case of unilateral fusion of the primary lateral incisor and canine in a 6-year-old female patient who accompanied her parents for dental treatment and later had a checkup herself during one of the visits to the dental clinic. Medical history was noncontributory while there was no family history of dental anomalies. An intraoral examination revealed that mandibular right primary lateral incisor was fused to the primary canine. The permanent central incisors were erupting lingually. The intraoral periapical radiograph showed a bifid pulp chamber with a normal-sized root canal. Since the tooth was noncarious, a preventive approach with a periodic follow-up was planned.


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