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Dent Traumatol. 2017 Oct;33(5):406-409. doi: 10.1111/edt.12352. Epub 2017 Jul 12.

Severe root resorption of the upper central incisors as a consequence of playing the flute.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary.
Dr. Andras Kocsis Orthodontic Clinic, Szeged, Hungary.
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary.


This study presents a case of severe root resorption of the maxillary central incisors in an 18-year-old woman who was referred for orthodontic treatment of irregular dental arches. A detailed history revealed that she used to play the block flute on an everyday basis during childhood. Against all warnings, she continued to firmly press her teeth into the mouthpiece of the instrument. Impressions of the upper central incisors were clearly visible on the instrument. Although it is well known that excessive occlusal forces can result in root resorption, to the authors' knowledge, this case involves one of the first reported occurrences of extensive root resorption that was most likely caused by playing a wind instrument during childhood.


excessive occlusal forces; root resorption; wind instrument

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