A simple prosthetic restorative solution of a single peg-shaped upper central primary incisor in a case of ectodermal dysplasia

Vol. 51 No. 2, 2010


Anca Maria Raducanu, Mihaela Pauna, I. V. Feraru

Introduction: This clinical report describes the oral rehabilitation of a 7-year-old male diagnosed with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia and anodontia. Background: Ectodermal dysplasia (ED) comprises a large, heterogeneous group of inherited disorders, which are defined by primary defects in the development of two or more tissues derived from the embryonic ectoderm (skin, hair follicles, nails, teeth, sebaceous and sweat glands). Our patient exhibited the typical general and cranio-facial features of ED as well as emotional and behavioral problems. The patient presents only one conical primary central incisor. Clinical management: The treatment was focused to improve his esthetic needs and oral functions and included the fabrication of removable prostheses and of an acrylic crown on the single tooth existing in his mouth, manufactured by an original simple method. Six months follow-up points out that restorative treatment provided psychosocial and functional comfort to the young boy. Conclusions: This clinical report demonstrates the importance of the prosthodontic treatment for oral rehabilitation in children with ED. The partial and complete removable dentures associated with the acrylic crown can be a reversible and inexpensive method of treatment for ED patients.

Corresponding author: Anca Maria Raducanu, Associate Professor, MD, PhD, e-mail: raducanu2000@yahoo.com

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