When research of healing of periodontal ligaments is applied to clinical procedures, the success rates of autotransplantations have increased, and eventually, autotransplantation has gained increasing attention. Although the application of dental implants has progressed at the present time, autotransplantation, which preserves the periodontal ligament, is still an attractive treatment option in many cases. Herein, we report a case of autotransplantation for rehabilitation of a partially edentulous status. This 40-year-old male suffered from inconvenience when eating due to the absence of the lower right first molar and second premolar. After an oral examination, multiple decayed teeth and ill-fitting fixed prostheses were revealed. Furthermore, the patient complained about his crescent profile because of an anterior crossbite and skeletal angle class Ⅲ jaw relationship. To correct the skeletal class Ⅲ situation, orthodontic treatment combined with orthognathic surgery was carried out. The lower left first premolar was extracted on account of the orthognathic therapy and transplanted to the lower right edentulous area in order to close the space. Finally, fixed prostheses were applied to the autotransplanted tooth to replace the ill-fitting restorations. The occlusal status was stable, and the autotransplanted tooth was functioning well after 6 years of follow-up. Taken together, autotransplantation provides an alternative solution for a partially edentulous space in certain situations.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
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