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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 629180, 5 pages
Case Report

Autotransplantation of Mandibular Third Molar: A Case Report

Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, GITAM Dental College and Hospital, Visakhapatnam 530045, Andhra Pradesh, India

Received 30 October 2012; Accepted 28 November 2012

Academic Editors: C. Farah and M. J. Wahl

Copyright © 2012 Pabbati Ravi kumar et al. 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.


Autogenous transplantation is a feasible, fast, and economical option for the treatment of nonsalvageable teeth when a suitable donor tooth is available. This paper presents successful autotransplantation of a mature mandibular left third molar (38) without anatomical variances is used to replace a mandibular left second molar (37). The mandibular second molar was nonrestorable due to extensive root caries and resorption of distal root. After extraction of mandibular second and third molars, root canal therapy was done for the third molar extraorally, and the tooth was reimplanted into the extracted socket of second molar site. After one year, clinical and radiographic examination revealed satisfactory outcome with no signs or symptoms suggestive of pathology. In selected cases, autogenous tooth transplantation, even after complete root formation of the donor tooth, may be considered as a practical treatment alternative to conventional prosthetic rehabilitation or implant treatment.