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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-52

Bilateral taurodontism in primary and permanent molars associated with hypodontia

1 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, India
2 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, ACPM Dental College, Dhule, Maharashtra, India

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Professor and Head of Department, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Room No. 08, College of Dental Sciences, Pavillion Road, Davangere - 577 004, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-6027.151631

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The aim of this article is to present a case of bilateral taurodontism in the primary and permanent molars associated with hypodontia and to discuss the endodontic aspects. Taurodontism in the permanent molars are most commonly affected, and it has a very low incidence and very few cases are reported in the literature in deciduous dentition. A 12-year-old boy presented with irregularly placed tooth in the upper right back region of his jaw. Orthopantamogram revealed taurodontism in seven teeth, including both primary and permanent teeth, associated with congenitally missing three premolars and permanent mandibular central incisors. Taurodontism is more frequent in non-syndromic familial tooth agenesis. Individuals in families with second premolar and molar oligodontia are more likely to have taurodontism. Because there is a wide variation in size and shape of pulp chamber with a varying degree of obliteration and canal configuration, root canal therapy becomes a challenge and, therefore, it is essential to recognize and render preventive care for these teeth.

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