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The orthodontic-oral surgery interface. Part one: A service evaluation and overview of the diagnosis and management of common anomalies

BDJ volume 225, pages 431435 (14 September 2018) | Download Citation

Key points

  • Aids with recognition and diagnosis of common dental anomalies.

  • Discusses management of these anomalies.

  • Highlights the importance of the orthodontic-oral surgery interface for the diagnosis and management of these common anomalies.



Complex dental anomalies often require multidisciplinary management in secondary care. These anomalies may present to general dental practitioners in the first instance, therefore it is important that all clinicians are aware of such anomalies and their management.


This service evaluation aimed to profile the dental anomalies presenting to the multidisciplinary joint dento-alveolar clinic at a district general hospital and to outline the management of the common anomalies.


This two-part series details a service evaluation and profiles the dental anomalies presenting to the joint dento-alveolar clinic at a district general hospital. In addition, the features and management of the common dental anomalies are outlined.


Fifty-four percent of patients were female, with a mean age of 17 years. The most common anomalies were impacted canines (49%), followed by supernumerary teeth (16%) and impacted premolars (10%). Other anomalies accounted for only a small percentage of referrals.


A wide range of anomalies presented to the joint dento-alveolar clinic. It is important for all clinicians to be aware of such anomalies, their diagnosis and management. Part one and two of this article therefore provide an overview of the common anomalies and highlight their management.

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  1. Eastman Dental Hospital, Orthodontic Department, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LD, UK

    • M.O. Sharif
    •  & K. Parker
  2. Department of Paediatric Dentistry, Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Great Maze Pond Road, London, SE1 9RT, UK

    • A. Lyne
  3. Department of Hospital Dentistry, Croydon University Hospital, 530 London Road, Croydon, CR7 7YE, UK

    • K. Parker
    •  & M. Chia


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