Primary Tooth Radicular Resorption as a Consequence of Self-Corrected Ectopic Eruption: 2 Unusual Cases

Guzeler I., Sara S., ÇEHRELİ Z. C., UYSAL S., Musselman R. J.

JOURNAL OF DENTISTRY FOR CHILDREN, vol.78, no.3, pp.159-162, 2011 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 78 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.159-162
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Resorption of the distal root of primary second molars is a common consequence of ectopically erupting permanent first molars. Here, we report 2 unusual cases of primary molar root resorption caused by reversible (self-correcting) ectopic eruption of premolar and canine teeth. In both cases, severe pathological resorption of the mesial roots of primary molars was detected on routine dental radiographs, and the affected molars remained asymptomatic until exfoliation. The purpose of this paper was, using 2 case studies, to highlight the possibility of primary root resorption as a sequel of self-corrected ectopic eruption in locations not frequently diagnosed or reported.