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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Think before you extract – a case of tooth autotransplantation
  1. Shoba Fernandes1,
  2. Mohammed Al Habibullah1,
  3. Goutam Sai Nalam1,
  4. Preeti P Nair2
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Century International Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Kasaragod, Kerala, India
  2. 2Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, People’s College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Preeti P Nair, shajihoss{at}


Renewed interest in autotransplantation has resulted in additional options in the treatment for rehabilitation of missing anterior teeth. Premolar teeth have been commonly used after extensive modifications while a supernumerary tooth from the anterior region when present would be a more suitable option. This case presents such a scenario, with a successful outcome ensuring adequate restoration of function, economical viability and aesthetic satisfaction for both the patient and clinician.

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