|Year : 2012 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 23-28
Management of a transmigrated mandibular canine
Sneh Lata Verma1, VP Sharma1, Gyan P Singh2
1 Department of Orthodontics, Chandra Dental College & Hospital, Barabanki, India
2 Faculty of Dental Sciences, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow, (Erstwhile King George's Medical College), Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||10-Apr-2012|
Sneh Lata Verma
Department of Orthodontics, Chandra Dental College & Hospital, Safedabad, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
The purpose of this article is to report the management of a transmigrated mandibular canine with emphasis on saving the tooth as natural part rather than surgical removal of the transmigrated tooth. There are several treatment options proposed for impacted mandibular canines including surgical removal, exposure and orthodontic alignment, intra-alveolar tooth transplantation (surgical repositioning of a tooth in its alveolar socket) and observation. The technique, surgical repositioning of a tooth involves the surgical extraction of impacted tooth and fixation in the correct position in the dental arch after surgical preparation (correction) of the alveolar socket. It is especially valuable in cases of difficult-to-treat impaction. A repositioned tooth is better substitute than fixed or removable prostheses, and the technique is more cost effective than other methods. Patients with excellent oral hygiene should be considered as preferred candidates for surgical repositioning of tooth. Disadvantages include the invasiveness of surgery, the difficulty of projecting long term stability due to chances of root resorption and loss of gingival attachment.
Keywords: Mandibular canine impaction, surgical repositioning, transmigration of mandibular canine
|How to cite this article:|
Verma SL, Sharma V P, Singh GP. Management of a transmigrated mandibular canine. J Orthodont Sci 2012;1:23-8
| Introduction|| |
Transmigration, which is an extremely rare anomaly, is the pre-eruptive migration of mandibular canines across the midline is referred to as transmigration. According to Javid, when the mandibular canine has crossed the midline more than half of its length it is classified as transmigrated canine.  However, Joshi  felt that tendency of a canine to cross the barrier of the mandibular midline suture is a more important consideration than the distance of migration. Moreover it follows the path of least resistance, in the direction of its long axis, with the crown leading the migration. Most authors point to mesioangular and horizontal rotation of buds as an etiologic factor for transmigration. , Bruzst  believes that the canine germ is situated in front of the lower incisors and that facial growth pushes it towards the contralateral side, while other authors believe that an abnormally strong eruption force or a change which affects the crypt of the tooth germ might lead to erroneous eruption. ,,,,,, Furthermore, unilateral cases were reported more compared to bilateral transmigration. And the left canine was more involved than the right canine. ,
| Case Report|| |
A 19-years-old female was reported to the orthodontics department, with the chief complaint of unaesthetic smile. Intraoral clinical examination revealed that she had all her permanent dentition except for the retained deciduous mandibular right canine. She had Angle's class II division 1 subdivision right malocclusion with fractured upper left central incisor (Ellis and Davey's Class II #),  and missing upper right central incisor [Figure 1]a-d. Her medical history was non-contributory whereas dental history reveals extraction of upper right central incisor at the age of 16 years (as it was badly fractured due to trauma and had periapical pathology).
|Figure 1: Pretreatment records (a-d) intraoral photographs of the patient showing missing right and fractured left maxillary central Incisors, spaced mandibular anteriors and retained deciduous right mandibular canine (e) orthopantomogram revealing retained deciduous right mandibular canine and transmigrated permanent right mandibular canine (f) lateral cephalogram|
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Routine orthodontic diagnostic procedures were carried out including cast analysis, panoramic, occlusal radiograph and lateral cephalogram [Figure 1]e-f.
On orthopantomogram examination we observed the lower right canine to be in position of mesioangular impaction (more towards horizontal) below the apices of lower left central and lateral incisor (type 2 of Mupparapu pattern of transmigration)  [Figure 1]e. Cephalometric findings suggest that the patient was skeletal class I (SNA-80°, SNB-77°, ANB-3°), mild dent alveolar protrusion (Interincisal angle-134°) and mild hyper divergent mandibular plane angle (SN-MP-38°, FMA-31°).
Space available for the upper right central incisor was about 4 mm due to tipping of adjacent teeth [Figure 2]b.
|Figure 2: Preadjusted orthodontic appliance (Roth prescription - 0.022'' × 0.028" slot) was bonded to maxillary and mandibular arches except on the deciduous mandibular right canine as it had to be extracted later on (a) frontal photograph to show composite buildup of left maxillary central incisor to enhance the aesthetics as well as to facilitate bracket placement (b) maxillary occlusal photograph showing space loss for right central incisor (c) mandibular occlusal photograph showing spacing between anterior teeth (d) lower occlusogram showing consolidation of anterior spacing at the lower right canine region|
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There are several treatment options proposed for impacted mandibular canines including surgical removal, exposure and orthodontic alignment, transplantation, and observation. 
If adequate space for alignment of an impacted mandibular canine exists and it is mechanically possible to reposition an impacted mandibular canine into proper position, then orthodontic treatment is indicated. , Following surgical exposure, the impacted tooth may be allowed to erupt passively, especially if it has a favorable angulation. Alternatively, forced eruption may be carried out in conjunction with orthodontic alignment. 
As a third alternative, if an impacted canine cannot be positioned favorably but there is space for its full eruption, then orthodontic treatment may help align the adjacent teeth in their migrated order followed by crowning or recontouring of some teeth to improve esthetics. 
If the mandibular incisors are in a normal position and the space for the impacted canine is sufficient, and the patient is symptom free, then transplantation is a better treatment choice. ,
Autogenous transplantation of teeth with complete root formation may be considered as a viable treatment option to conventional prosthetic and implant rehabilitation for both therapeutic and economic reasons.  This includes intra-alveolar tooth transplantation or surgical repositioning of a tooth in its alveolar socket [surgical extraction of impacted tooth and fixation in the correct position in the dental arch after surgical preparation (correction) of the alveolar socket]. 
Some authors believe asymptomatic impacted teeth can be left in place, but in these patients a series of successive radiographs should be taken periodically. 
Based on the diagnostic records, the interdisciplinary approach for the management of case was selected. As resorbed root of deciduous mandibular canine and mobility on clinical examination were not in favour of long term prognosis, thus extraction of deciduous canine was planned. As mentioned above in treatment options section, if the patient had normal position of lower incisors, space for the impacted canine can be created easily (generalized spacing in lower anterior teeth) and the patient was symptom free , then the transplantation may be a treatment choice. The treatment plan options were presented to the patient and her parents, and they agreed to follow the surgical repositioning of the impacted canine plan, consent was taken from patient and parents. With presurgical orthodontics, alignment of the maxillary and mandibular arch was done before canine replantation.
Oral prophylaxis was performed and patient was advised to use Betadine mouth wash (thrice a day). Patient was instructed to brush her teeth after every meal and to avoid hard, sticky food substances. The goal was to maintain proper oral hygiene to minimize the chances of failure.
Restoration of fractured upper left central incisor was done with light cured composite resin (tooth colored material) for aesthetic reason. It also facilitates accurate positioning of bracket on the tooth [Figure 2]a.
Pre-adjusted orthodontic appliance (Roth prescription 0.022"×0.028"slot) was bonded to the maxillary and mandibular teeth except the deciduous mandibular right canine [Figure 2]a-d. Alignment and leveling was started in maxillary and mandibular arches by ligating 0.016''NiTi wires that were changed sequentially to 0.018'' stainless steel and then 0.016''×0.022'' stainless steel arch wire. Open NiTi coil spring (0.036") was compressed between upper left central incisor and upper right lateral incisor to gain adequate space for the lost upper right central incisor (For 4 months). The faulty angulations of adjacent teeth were corrected simultaneously with the creation of required space for fixed prosthesis of upper right central incisor [Figure 3]a. Stainless steel 0.021"×0.025" wire was used as a stabilizing arch wire.
|Figure 3: (a) NiTi open coil spring was compressed between left central incisor andright lateral incisor to regain the space for prosthetic replacement of right central incisor (b) intraoral mandibular occlusal photograph during treatment , the angulation of anterior teeth was corrected (c) mandibular arch was debonded before autotransplantation of mandibular right canine to facilitate maintenance of proper oral hygiene following surgery|
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In the mandibular arch the laceback mechanism of ligature wire (0.007") were followed (from the lower right first premolar to lower right first molar buccal tube and from the lower right lateral incisor to the lower left first molar buccal tube) to consolidate the generalized spaces which were present between the anterior teeth. [Figure 3]b Active orthodontic treatment time was about 8 months.
Before surgical repositioning of impacted lower right canine the lower arch was debonded to facilitate proper oral hygiene maintenance [Figure 3]c.
Surgical procedure was carried under local anesthesia (lidocaine 2% with epinephrine 1:100,000). Incision was made at the level of the mucogingival junction and full thickness flap was reflected carefully by securing the mental nerve and, there was adequate clearance between the apex of the crown and mental foramina [Figure 4]a. All the measures were taken in to account to protect the mental nerve during surgical procedure. Lower right canine was extracted via a labial approach from the left side but adequate amount of local anesthetic was administered on right side as the tooth maintains its nervous innervations on the side that the germ was formed [Figure 4]b. 
|Figure 4: Intraoral photographs during surgery (a) full thickness flap was reflected (b) exposed right mandibular canine, that has been transmigrated to left side (c) primary canine was extracted|
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The tooth was laxated and extracted but kept in the socket to maintain the viability of periodontium.  The primary canine was extracted simultaneously to avoid second dose of local anesthesia and recipient site was prepared by using sterile stainless steel burs with proper irrigation of saline to avoid heat generation at the surgical site [Figure 4]c.
The impacted permanent canine was removed, pulp was extirpated and canal was filled with Ca (OH) 2 paste, then it was transplanted in the recipient site and secured in place using a semi-rigid wire splint. Silk 4/0 suture was used to close soft tissue flap [Figure 5]a-d. The endodontist and the maxillofacial surgeon performed their work simultaneously to reduce the critical period (the time tooth was outside the socket was 15 minutes). Finally the root canal was sealed with Gutta percha after 8 weeks of replantation.
|Figure 5: Intraoral photographs during surgery (a) recipient site preparation (b) permanent canine was transplanted at the recipient site (c) mucoperiosteal flap sutured (d) IOPA X-ray 2 weeks after the replantation|
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Analgesic/ anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen - 600 mg, 1 tablet / 8 hours for one week) and antibiotic (Amoxicillin - 875 mg / Clavulanic acid - 125 mg, 1 tablet as a initial dose then Amoxicillin - 500 mg / Clavulanic acid - 125 mg, 1 tablet / BID for a week) medication was prescribed during the postoperative period. Patient was recalled a week later and the healing was progressing normally. Sutures were removed and oral hygiene instructions were given. At that time, the mandibular anterior teeth were tested for pulp vitality; the response of the pulp was within normal limits. The autotransplanted tooth was secured by the semi-rigid fixation with an acid-etch composite for 3 weeks. Both the esthetics and function were restored to an ideal level in the absence of postoperative complications, and marginal bone support appeared similar to that of the neighboring teeth as evidenced by clinical and radiographic findings. Periapical radiolucency related to the replanted canine may be related to the socket preparation during the replantation procedure [Figure 6]a-g. At 1 year of follow up of transplanted tooth, the periodontal condition was good with no gingival recession but a small radiolucency (localized external root resorption) was observed at the distal side of the apical zone of the root surface in the panoramic radiograph and axial section of CT scan [Figure 7]a-c.
|Figure 6: Post treatment records: (a-e) Intraoral photographs of the patient showing fixed prosthesis for missing right maxillary central incisor (f) panoramic radiograph revealing transplanted right mandibular canine as well as fixed prosthesis of maxillary arch (g) lower occlusogram, showing well aligned mandibular ach|
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|Figure 7: (a) At 1 year of follow up for transplanted tooth intraoral periapical radiograph shows a small radiolucency at the distal side of the apical 1/3 of root surface (b) Denta Scan of the mandible (Cross section) (c) axial section of the mandible at the apical 1/3 of the root|
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Fixed prosthesis (Porcelain Bridge) for upper right central incisor was made and cemented after debonding the arch.
The transplantation has an uncertain long term prognosis, so regular (yearly) follow up is required to assure long term success. Patient was advised to avoid biting of hard substances at the region of transplanted tooth. Duration of total treatment time was 14 months (Active treatment phase 8 months and retention period of 6 months with mandibular removable appliance).
| Discussion|| |
The incidence of mandibular canine transmigration is very uncommon. Eruption of transmigrated teeth is a rare condition, which occurs in approximately 5% of cases.  Similarly, bilateral transmigration is also an unusual phenomenon. Büyükkurt et al.  did not report any bilateral transmigration in their report. Joshi  reported four bilateral transmigration of 28 patients in his report.
Intrabony migration of mandibular canines may not be discovered on routine periapical radiographs because the tooth is in a horizontal position and usually inferior to the root apices of anterior teeth therefore it is recommended to use panoramic radiograph as a diagnostic tool with special emphasis is given to the teeth angulations so that earlier intervention can be used to correct the path of eruption and prevent damages to neighboring roots.  For interception, it is best to detect patients presenting characteristics which are most related to transmigration when they are between 8 and 9 years old, and these patients should undergo a clinical radiology examination so that action can be taken quickly. 
The transmigrated tooth specially the one migrated half the length of root across the midline is not a good candidate for orthodontic traction. It's advisable to perform the procedure with care as it is technique-sensitive and one of the factors responsible for survival of transplanted tooth is the continued vitality of the periodontal membrane. In cases where periodontal ligament is traumatized during transplantation, external root resorption or ankylosis is often observed. 
Generally, it is assumed that the shorter the extra-oral period of the tooth, the greater is the chance of healing. It is suggested that it should not exceed a 30-minute-limit.  The vitality of the periodontal ligament (PDL) cells on the root surface depends on the extra-oral period. It guarantees the regeneration of it scanting elements as well as the healing of bone and epithelial attachment. The prognosis of transplantation is best if the tooth is transplanted immediately after extraction into the alveolar socket.
Replanted teeth must be splinted for 3-4 weeks for secondary revascularization to occur in contrast to a shorter splinting time for teeth with developed roots and closed apex. Radiographic control 2-3 weeks after the procedure is advised to check if root resorption or bone pathosis has occurred [Figure 5]d.  Mineral trioxide aggregate is used as an alternative method, placed at the end of the canal during 1 month of Ca(OH) 2 application, with simultaneous obturation with gutta percha.  To provide long-term survival of the transplanted tooth, skilful and delicate handling is needed. Right before insertion into the alveolar socket, it is advised to clean the tooth by immersion, rinsing with physiologic saline, being careful not to damage the periodontal ligament. Manipulation, mechanical cleaning or disinfection is not allowed. The tooth should only be held by the crown, without touching the root surface.
The transplanted tooth can be stabilized using different materials. Non-rigid splinting must be used to allow for physiologic tooth mobility, which allowes proper healing of the periodontium, and promotes fibrous instead of osseous junction with the alveolar socket. The splinting system should allow for proper oral hygiene; the splint should not be placed too close to the gingival margin or near the roots. The immobilization system should be easy to remove. Removal should be done with extreme caution not to damage the injured periodontal tissues.  The occlusion is regularly checked at every check-up visit, incorrect and undesirable contacts are eventually eliminated. 
Endodontic treatment is essential for the progress of the healing process of the replanted tooth. Authors consider that it is necessary to extirpate the pulp, prepare, and fill the canal with calcium hydroxide directly after splinting on the same day of the tooth transplantation. Skilful and delicate operator can then minimize the severity of the trauma to the regenerating PDL.
Follow up visits are appointed the next day after the procedure, and every 3-4 days until the removal of the splint , and finally once every 6 months. Systemic complications after autotransplantation are rare, and include bacterial infection and tetanus.  Local complications occur more frequently and include: discoloration of tooth crown, pulp necrosis, internal root resorption, ankylosis, epithelial ingrow deep into the periodontal ligament space and periapical inflammations. 
Resorption is the most frequently occurring complication after tooth transplantation. Three types of resorption are distinguished: 
- Surface root resorption
- Replacement resorption, also known as progressive ankylosis
- Inflammatory resorption.
Early detection and appropriate intervention can prevent the possible future complications caused by the transmigrated teeth. Therefore, clinical evaluation followed by a detailed radiographic screening is vital to achieve an accurate diagnosis of these teeth and optimal management.
| Conclusion|| |
Transmigration of the mandibular canine is a rare event, and early radiographic examination of a patient is important for treatment planning. Surgical repositioning is especially valuable in cases of difficult-to-treat impaction. In this case intraoral periapical radiograph 1 year after replantation shows good periodontal health of the lower right canine , but a small radiolucent area was observed at the distal surface of the root at apical 1/3 rd . Intra oral periapical X-ray of reimplanted tooth was advised at 6 months interval regularly to monitor the changes at radiolucent zone.
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