Canine ectopia: report of two cases

J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2003 Sep;21(3):113-6.


Transmigration of mandibular canine is a rare elusive phenomenon described in dental literature. The eruption of such transmigrated canines is even rarer. Two rare cases one of midline mandibular canine and the other of transmigrated mandibular canine across the midline and erupted distal to the opposite lateral incisor are presented. The transmigrated canine maintained its nerve supply from the original site. It is suggested that on routine evaluation of orthopantomograms when the dentist finds an excessive mesial inclination of the unerupted mandibular canine at 8-9 years associated with proclination of lower anteriors. increased axial inclination of the unerupted canine and an enlarged symphyseal cross section area of the chin, it is best to keep such a patient under routine evaluation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cuspid / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandible
  • Radiography, Panoramic
  • Tooth Eruption, Ectopic / diagnosis*
  • Tooth Eruption, Ectopic / diagnostic imaging
  • Tooth Migration*
  • Tooth, Unerupted / diagnostic imaging