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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

Publication:
July 1990
Volume 21 , Issue 7

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Dental twinning anomalies: the nomenclature enigma.

Killian, Constance M.; CroIl, Theodore P

PMID: 2094857

Dental twinning results from abnormal events in the embryologic development of teeth. This paper describes the impossibility of assigning precise diagnostic terms. such as gemination, fusion, macrodontia, and concrescence, to dental twinning anomalies because the entire course of odontogenesis cannot he witnessed. Traditional nomenclature is reviewed and seven cases that exemplify the principle are presented. Modification of nomenclature to describe dental twinning defects is suggested.

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