Mandibular lateral incisor-first premolar transposition in early mixed dentition: a rare case

Vol. 64 No. 3, 2023


Oana Cella Andrei, Mirela Ileana Dinescu, Catalina Farcasiu, Adriana Bisoc, Daniela Ioana Tarlungeanu, Ruxandra Margarit

Dental transposition is an anomaly of eruption which is usually seen in the maxilla and rarely in the mandible. The mandibular lateral incisor s transposition with the permanent canine has a prevalence of less than 0.03%. The following case presents an even rarer situation, of a right lateral mandibular incisor that erupted in the place of the first premolar, in transposition with the temporary canine. In the first phase, a series of extractions have been performed, to ensure the necessary free space for moving the lateral incisor closer to its appropriate place, and after that a fixed orthodontic appliance was used. The biomechanics for intra-arch tooth movement was ingenious enough to ensure a perfect alignment of all permanent teeth and a functional Class I canine and molar final occlusion. Early intervention and successful move of the permanent canine in its correct position ensured the functionality of the mandibular movements and a good long-term prognosis.

Corresponding author: Adriana Bisoc, Lecturer, DMD, PhD; e-mail:; Daniela Ioana Tarlungeanu, Assistant Professor, DMD, PhD; e-mail:

DOI: 10.47162/RJME.64.3.15 Download PDF
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