Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde vol:111 issue:3 pages:91-6
Autotransplantation of a tooth is probably the most natural method to replace a missing or lost tooth. This treatment has been performed successfully already for more than twenty years. The prognosis of a transplanted tooth is determined by tooth type, stage of root formation at the time of transplantation, surgical technique used, and duration and way of splinting. Determining the optimal stage of root formation of the tooth is very important in planning the autotransplantation. If the transplantation is carried out successfully, the transplanted tooth behaves at its new location just like before: it erupts, the root formation is continuing, it shows physiological mobility and it can be displaced by orthodontic forces. Most cases of autotransplantation require teamwork between oral surgeon, orthodontist, and dentist.