A girl aged 2 years and 8 months came to our clinic for consultation with regard to unerupted primary mandibular bilateral central incisors. An intraoral examination revealed that the teeth had not emerged into the oral cavity and showed a tooth crown morphology similar to that of the primary mandibular incisors, which appeared in the lingual submucosal area outside of the mandibular dental arch. Periapical radiographs demonstrated that the tooth crowns of both affected teeth were severely displaced to the lingual side. Computed tomography examinations were performed to clarify the three-dimensional positions of the affected teeth and their permanent successors, which revealed that the affected teeth were located in their estimated positions and had a standard root morphology. In addition, the permanent successors, which had not initiated root formation, were located close to the affected teeth. We decided to postpone extraction of the affected teeth and perform periodical examinations until the roots of the permanent successors are sufficiently formed. At the age of 2 years and 10 months, the edge of the tooth crown of the primary mandibular left central incisor was found emerged into the oral cavity. According to her parents, the patient did not complain of the emerging edge and no abnormal conditions were observed around the tooth.
- Primary mandibular central incisor
- Primary tooth
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Dentistry (miscellaneous)