New teeth from old: treatment options for retained primary teeth

Br Dent J. 2009 Oct 10;207(7):315-20. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2009.855.


Retention of primary teeth beyond their expected exfoliation date is encountered relatively frequently. Most commonly this is due to absence of the permanent successor. In this article patient assessment and the restorative treatment options are discussed with particular emphasis on retention of the primary tooth/teeth in the medium to long-term. The restorative techniques that may be used to improve aesthetics and function of retained primary teeth are illustrated. Consideration of this minimally invasive approach is commended in such cases.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anodontia / therapy*
  • Dental Restoration, Permanent / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Jaw, Edentulous, Partially / rehabilitation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tooth Exfoliation / physiopathology*
  • Tooth, Deciduous* / surgery
  • Young Adult