Nigerian Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences

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Mesiodens: review of literature and management options for two cases

FA Oredugba


Mesiodens is a supernumerary tooth present in the midline between the two central incisors. It usually results in oral problems such as malocclusion, food impaction, poor aesthetics and cyst formation. In our environment, literature is scarce on the presentation and effects of this anomaly. This paper reviews the available literature from other places and reports two cases of mesiodens with different presentations in two young patients. Both cases presented with aesthetic and functional complaints. The differences in number, effects and management options are discussed. Early diagnosis and treatment is suggested, especially in children and adolescents to prevent further orthodontic and pathologic complications.

Keywords: mesiodens, review, management

Nigerian Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences Vol. 5(1) 2006: 76-80
AJOL African Journals Online