J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2021 May-Jun;35(3 Suppl. 1):179-184. doi: 10.23812/21-3supp1-20.

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Proposal of use of the autotransplantation of the third molar as space maintainer in growing patients: a review of literature and a clinical case

Saccomanno S1, Laganà D2, Saran S2, De Stefani A3, Pirelli P4, Bruno G3, Gracco A3.

Author information

1  Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila, Italy.
2  Dental School, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.
3  Department of Neuroscience, School of Dentistry, University of Padua, Italy.
4  Department of Clinical Science and Translational Medicine, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy.


The review of literature shows that 48,22% of the autotranspated teeth were orthodontically treated. A 13-year-old male patient presented a destructive decay in the element 3.6, which was underoccluded. To maintain the arch space and the quantity of bone necessary for a potential implant, it was decided to perform an autotransplantation of the impacted element 3.8. Tooth autotransplantation is a valid and durable alternative to the prosthetic and the implant solutions with high success rate.


incomplete root formation, space maintenance, third molar autotransplantation

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