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European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 371–372 | Cite as

Does hypodontia of primary canines result in delayed dental development?

  • J. Jayaraman
  • S. K. MallineniEmail author
Letter to the Editor
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We read the commentary by Kjaer and Duagaard Jensen on the case report by Anthonappa and King titled “Hypodontia of all primary canines” published in the December 2016 issue of European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry. Anthonappa and King (2016) reported a case of a 4 year old Chinese girl missing all primary canines. They claimed this was the first ever case exhibiting hypodontia of all primary canines. In the latter part of their report, they discussed the theories associated with hypodontia. Contrary to the findings reported in their paper, Kjaer and Daugaard-Jensen (2017) argued that this might be a case of delayed maturation of primary canines and not agenesis. They also suggested that a possible relationship might exist between delayed development of primary canines and agenesis of permanent canines.

We would like to provide some insight on the above argument by having a closer look at the panoramic radiograph presented in the original study. All the primary and permanent teeth...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of DentistryInternational Medical UniversityKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Paedodontics and Preventive DentistryNarayana Dental College and HospitalNelloreIndia

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