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DENTAL SCIENCE - CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 800-803

Ghost teeth: Regional odontodysplasia of maxillary first molar associated with eruption disorders in a 10-year-old girl


1 Department of Pedodontics, Mar Baselios Dental College, Kothamangalam, Kerala, India
2 Department of Orthodontics, Rajah Muthiah Dental College and Hospital, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery, Rajas Dental College, Vadakkankulam, Tirunalveli District, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Department of Orthodontics, Panineeya MahaVidhyalaya Institute of Dental Sciences, Kamalanagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Liju Mercley Dauravu
Department of Pedodontics, Mar Baselios Dental College, Kothamangalam, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.163570

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 Regional odontodysplasia (RO) is an uncommon, developmental anomaly of the dental hard tissues that affects ectodermal and mesodermal dental components with characteristic clinical and radiographic findings. Clinically, RO affects a particular segment in either or both dentitions in the maxilla or mandible or both jaws. Radiographic features have consistently demonstrated thin and defective layers of enamel and dentine, resulting in a faint, fuzzy outline, creating a ghost-like appearance. The RO etiology is uncertain; numerous factors have been suggested and considered as local trauma, irradiation, hypophosphatasia, hypocalcemia, hyperpyrexia. A case of RO in a 10-year-old girl whose chief complaint were forwardly placed upper front teeth and the absence of eruption of permanent teeth. Clinical and radiographic features are described.


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