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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 57-59

Case of twinning in permanent lateral incisor


1 PG. Student, Deptt. of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty & Dental Sciences, KGMC, Lucknow, India
2 Prof and Head, Deptt. of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty & Dental Sciences, KGMC, Lucknow, India

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Gemination is a developmental malformation due to the attempt of single tooth bud to form two morphologically separate entities. But when the attempt is successful, it is called as twinning. Although, certain authors have suggested heredity as the etiologic factor, the cause is still controversial and unknown. Generally such teeth are asymptomatic but it may cause clinical problems such as poor esthetics, caries or periodontal destruction. In the present case, patient reported with a twinned permanent maxillary, lateral incisor with broken crown and radiolusceny at its periapex. There was pulpal communication between the two lateral incisors, which was observed radiographically. The pathology was surgically curetted out and the treatment was successful. The follow up radiograph taken after 2 months reveals bone healing. Esthetic correction can be undertaken, once the bone formation is complete and the tooth is firm.


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