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Br Dent J. 2012 Aug;213(4):171-6. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.726.

National clinical guidelines for management of the palatally ectopic maxillary canine.

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Consultant Orthodontist, Department of Orthodontics, St. Helens Hospital, Merseyside, Ireland .


This review summarises updated clinical guidelines produced by the Clinical Standards Committee of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDSRCS). This guideline on the management of the palatally ectopic maxillary canine illustrates the information contained in the recently updated online version. The timely recognition of ectopic canines is important for the overall management of the dentition. This review illustrates five management strategies for ectopic permanent canines: interceptive treatment by extraction of the deciduous canine, surgical exposure and orthodontic alignment, surgical removal of the palatally ectopic permanent canine, auto-transplantation and no active treatment/leave and observe. The current available evidence for each of these management options has been evaluated and awarded a grade used by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

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