Third Molar Autotransplantation: A Predictable Treatment Option in The Era of Dental Implants


  • Centre for Dental Education and Research, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansarinagar, Division of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, New Delhi, 110029, India
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansarinagar, Division of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Centre for Dental Education and Research, New Delhi, 110029, India


Prosthetic rehabilitation of grossly decayed teeth is a challenge. The treatment options range from nonsurgical endodontic therapy to extraction and subsequent placement of dental implants. Tooth transplantation involves placement of an impacted, embedded or erupted autogenous tooth from one site into an extraction site. It is a time tested, predictable maneuver with high success rate for replacement of severely compromised natural teeth. This paper documents a successful autotransplantation of an immature mandibular third molar into the socket of a grossly decayed adjacent second molar. Autotransplantation should be considered as a viable treatment option in comparison to dental implants.


Autotransplantation, Autogenous Tooth Transplantation, Immature Third Molar, Root Maturation, Dental Implants

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