Autotransplantation Case Study

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AUTOTRANSPLANTATION: THE BEST IMPLANT FOR A MISSING TOOTH IS A NATURAL TOOTH

ABSTRACT: Autogenous tooth transplantation, or autotransplantation, is the surgical movement of a tooth from one location to another in the same individual. Although, once thought to be experimental, autotransplantation has achieved high success rates and is an excellent option for tooth replacement. Although the indications for tooth autotransplantation are narrow, careful patient selection coupled with an appropriate technique can lead to exceptionally well esthetic and functional results. This procedure is advantageous since the placement of an implant-supported prosthesis or any other form of prosthetic tooth replacement is not needed. This case report is one such example of a successful tooth autotransplantation. A review of the surgical technique as well as success rates is also discussed.
Key Words: autogenous tooth transplantation; complete root formation; success rates

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can be a challenge to the clinician. Conventionally, missing teeth are replaced with removable prostheses- which more often cause discomfort to the patient, fixed prostheses- which involve the preparation of one or more healthy teeth or implants- which are often limited by bone availability and are expensive. Tooth autotransplantation provides a viable, predictable treatment option and the most natural one for replacing missing teeth. Autotransplantation refers to the repositioning of autogenous erupted, semierupted or unerupted tooth; from one site into another in the same

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