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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 19-23

Sequelae of neglected pulpal infections of deciduous molars

Reader and Head, Department of Dentistry, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Shahdara, Delhi - 110 095, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-7212.351637

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Pediatric patients in need of dental care are many. Most of the children go without receiving this care. Well known problem of succedanous teeth as a result of pulpally infected deciduous teeth is Turner's hypoplasia. In the present article three cases of advanced pulpal infection of deciduous molars are reported. Also relevant clinical and experimental studies describing similar or related conditions are discussed. In the three cases reported here, severe pulpal infection of deciduous teeth resulted in excessive osteolysis of inter-radicular bone and early exposure of the succedanous premolars before adequate root length formation. The objective of this paper is to bring to light the neglected deciduous molar infections and to stress the importance of treating such teeth. There seems to be a very high probability of loss of permanent tooth in such cases owing to lack of root development.

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