Ectopic teeth with disparate migration: A literature review and new case series. Academic Article uri icon


  • PURPOSE: Ectopic eruption can be defined as the emergence of a tooth in an abnormal location, where the tooth does not follow its typical eruption pathway. While ectopic eruption within the dentate region is well-documented in the literature, ectopic eruption in non-dentate regions is relatively rare. This study aimed to report 6 cases of ectopic teeth and present a systematic review of the English-language literature on ectopic teeth, emphasizing demographic characteristics, radiographic features, potential complications, and treatment options. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A literature search was conducted using the PubMed, Medline, Web of Science, and Cochrane databases. The demographic data and radiographic findings of patients presenting with ectopic teeth were recorded. RESULTS: The literature review yielded 61 cases of ectopic teeth, with patients ranging in age from 3 to 74 years. The findings from these previously reported cases demonstrated that the most common location for ectopic teeth was the maxillary sinus, which is consistent with this case series. The Pearson chi-square test was performed to evaluate the correlation between age and location of ectopic teeth, and the results were found to be statistically significant (P<0.05). However, no statistically significant relationship was observed between sex and the location of ectopic teeth. CONCLUSION: The distinct features of these cases warrant reporting. This study presents the first case of supernumerary teeth in the condyle without any associated pathosis. Another notable characteristic is the pre-eruptive resorption of 2 inverted supernumerary teeth ectopically located in the palate, which predisposes to sinus opacification.

published proceedings

  • Imaging Sci Dent

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Arora, P., Nair, M. K., Liang, H., Patel, P. B., Wright, J. M., & Tahmasbi-Arashlow, M.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Arora, Pallak||Nair, Madhu K||Liang, Hui||Patel, Paras B||Wright, John M||Tahmasbi-Arashlow, Mehrnaz

publication date

  • September 2023