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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 262-265
Dens invaginatus (Type III B)


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Peoples College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Shreenivas Kallianpur
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Peoples College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bhanpur, Bhopal- 462 037, Madhya Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.99084

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Dens invaginatus or 'dens in dente' is a developmental malformation of the tooth resulting from infolding of the dental papilla before calcification. This article presents a case of dens invaginatus occurring in maxillary right lateral incisor of a 45-year-old male patient. The patient presented with pain and clinically missing maxillary right canine. The tooth was found to be non-vital. Radiographic examination revealed the tooth-in-tooth appearance of lateral incisor with a dilated pulp chamber. The crown of impacted canine was found within the pulp chamber of lateral incisor. Owing to this unique clinical presentation, both the lateral incisor and the impacted canine were extracted. Histopathologic examination confirmed the diagnosis of Dens invaginatus Type III B. A brief review on etiopathogenesis, radiographic features and treatment of dens invaginatus has also been included.


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