Transmigration of a maxillary canine. A case report

Prim Dent Care. 2005 Apr;12(2):70-2. doi: 10.1308/1355761053695121.


In the oral cavity, transmigration is defined as a tooth that crosses the mid-line by more than half its length. Following extensive literature review, it was found that, although well documented with respect to mandibular canines, there were only two publications detailing maxillary cuspid transmigration. This report presents a case of transmigration where the left maxillary canine gradually crossed the mid-line and migrated to the right side in a patient with hemifacial microsomia and cleft palate. The Mupparapu classification of the migratory pattern of the mandibular canines is discussed. Various clinical considerations, as well as guidelines for general practitioners to diagnose and manage such a condition, are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Cleft Palate / complications
  • Cuspid / physiopathology*
  • Facial Asymmetry / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Maxilla
  • Microstomia / complications
  • Tooth Migration / etiology*