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Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2011, vol. 17, book 2
Subject Collection:Oral and Dental Medicine
Page: 109 - 113
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2011172.109
Online date: September 14, 2011

J of IMAB 2011; 17(2):109-113
Miroslava Yordanova1, Svetlana Yordanova1, G. Tomov2
1) Department of Orthodontics, 2) Department of Dental Surgery and Endodontics,
Faculty of Dentistry,
MedicalUniversity, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Taurodontism is a morphological abnormality of the tooth shape with the following characteristic features: vertically enlarged pulp chamber, apical displacement of the bifurcation and trifurcation, shortened roots and no constriction at the level of the cementoenamel junction. This anomaly is still neglected by orthodontists when it comes to making treatment plans in spite of the reports in the literature of a close association of this condition with hypodontia and oligodontia.
Aim: The article discusses the orthodontic problems arising in treating patients with hypodontia and taurodontism and suggests approaches to reducing the risk of complications during orthodontic tooth movement.
Discussion: Failure to identify taurodont teeth in hypodontic patients can cause serious complications in their orthodontic management because of the greater susceptibility of these types of teeth to root resorption  in orthodontic tooth movement. Besides, these types of teeth are less anchorage.
Conclusion: The high incidence of taurodontism in hypodontic patients presents a clinical challenge for general dental practitioners and orthodonists alike. Furthermore, successful management of hypodontia rests on the orthodontist's ability to identify taurodont teeth and correctly include them in treatment plan.

Key words: taurodontism, taurodont teeth, hypodontia, root resorption.

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Please cite this article as: Yordanova M, Yordanova S, Tomov G. A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO RESTORATION OF EDENTULOUS MANDIBLE.. J of IMAB 2011; 17(2):109-113. doi:10.5272/jimab.2011172.109

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