June JADA: Tooth autotransplantation a suitable alternative to traditional prosthetics

Improved patient outcomes seen


Tooth autotransplantation to replace missing teeth can provide a natural and functional alternative to traditional prosthetic options, according to a study published in the June issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

 The cover story, “Advancements in Tooth Autotransplantation,” examines the history, advances and advantages of tooth autotransplantation, which involves the surgical relocation of a tooth from one site in the mouth to another site within the same patient.

The approach is a good option in a growing patient when dental implant placements or fixed bridges are not suitable and when preserving natural teeth is a priority, the authors, Anastassia F. Dokova, D.D.S., Jessica Y. Lee, D.D.S, Ph.D., Matt Mason, D.D.S., Ph.D.,  Antonio Moretti, D.D.S., Glenn Reside, D.M.D., and John Christensen, D.D.S., argue.

However, they caution, it is a complex procedure that requires specialized skills from a multidisciplinary team with careful patient and tooth selection and treatment planning.

“Success rates for tooth [autotransplantation] can vary depending on several factors, including the patient’s overall health, specific tooth involved, skill of the dental surgeon, and postoperative care provided,” the authors wrote. “Adoption of tooth [autotransplantation] has grown over the years, owing to advancements in dental techniques, improved patient outcomes, and increased awareness among both dentists and patients.”

 Other articles in the June issue of JADA discuss the effectiveness of green color exposure on dental anxiety for third molar surgery; gender equity in JADA; dental unit waterline infection control practices; and musculoskeletal disorders and risk indicators for pain chronification.

 Every month, JADA articles are published online at in addition to appearing in the print publication. ADA members can access JADA content with their ADA username and password.

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