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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 381382, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/381382
Case Report

Transmigration of Mandibular Canine: Report of Four Cases and Review of Literature

1Oral Medicine and Radiology Department, Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Science & Research, Faridabad, Haryana, 121002, India
2Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, PDM Dental College & Research Institute, Bahadurgarh, Haryana, 124507, India

Received 6 May 2011; Accepted 16 June 2011

Academic Editors: Y.-K. Chen, G. Colella, R. A. de Mesquita, and A. Markopoulos

Copyright © 2011 Gaurav Sharma and Archna Nagpal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Transmigration of canine is a rare phenomenon. The prevalence of transmigration of mandibular canine has been found to be only 0.14%–0.31%. The treatment of impacted transmigrated canine is very complicated if it is diagnosed at a later stage. We report 4 cases of transmigration of mandibular canine and review the literature regarding the etiology and treatment. Panoramic radiograph should be taken during the mixed dentition period if the mandibular canine has not erupted from more than one year from its normal chronological age of eruption as intraoral periapical radiograph examination will not always detect an impacted or transmigrated canine.