Tooth transposition – A literature review and a clinical case


  • Beatriz Silva Câmara Mattos School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo
  • José Carlos Mesquita Carvalho School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo
  • Márcio Matusita School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo
  • Ana Paula Pereira Pinheiro Alves School of Dentistry/University of São Paulo



Tooth transposition. Cleft lip and palate. Tooth agenesis


Tooth transposition is an anomaly in the position of teeth where two teeth of the same maxillary quadrant change their position in the dental arch. There are different types of transposition, classified according to the involved teeth. The review of the etiology of tooth transposition aims at identifying the factors related to its occurrence, and the purpose of this study is to report a case of cleft lip. Studies indicate higher prevalence of upper Canine – First Premolar transposition compared to other types of transposition, as well as a higher prevalence among females and of its unilateral occurrence. Mx.C.P1 is also related to anomalies in tooth number, especially with the agenesis of the lateral incisor. The clinical case of cleft lip and upper Canine – First premolar transposition presented in this study enables the discussion of aspects regarding the etiology of tooth transposition and of predisposing factors. Both the Mx.C.P1 transposition and cleft lip and palate are related to genetic factors and present a multifactorial inheritance pattern. The importance of prevention and early detection of tooth transposition is reaffirmed, aiming at minimizing the disturbances caused by tooth transposition. Further research on the prevalence of tooth transposition in populations with cleft lip and palate would yield a better insight about the simultaneous occurrence of these dental and oral anomalies. The therapeutic procedures for functional and cosmetic rehabilitation of the reported patient are described.


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Author Biographies

Beatriz Silva Câmara Mattos, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo

possui graduação em Odontologia pela Universidade de São Paulo (1975), mestrado e doutorado em Odontologia Clinicas Odontológicas pela Universidade de São Paulo (1987 e 1992) e Atualmente é professora associada da Universidade de São Paulo. 

José Carlos Mesquita Carvalho, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo

Possui graduação em Faculdade de Odontologia pela Universidade de São Paulo (1963), Mestrado em Odontologia (Prótese-Buco-Maxilo Facial) pela Universidade de São Paulo (1969) e doutorado em CLINICAS ODONTOLOGICAS pela Universidade de São Paulo (1972). Atualmente é professor titular da Universidade de São Paulo.

Márcio Matusita, School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo

Graduado em odontologia pela Universidade de São Paulo USP em 1991. Especialista em Implantologia pela Associação Paulista de Cirurgiões Dentistas APCD. Atua nas áreas de Prótese e Implantes focando principalmente na Reabilitação Bucal Estética e Funcional. Diretor clínico da Clínica Biagioni Odontologia Moderna.

Ana Paula Pereira Pinheiro Alves, School of Dentistry/University of São Paulo

ossui graduação em Odontologia pela Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade de São Paulo(1995) e especialização em Prótese Dentária pelo Associação Paulista de Cirurgiões Dentistas(2002). Atualmente é aluno de pos graduação da Universidade de São Paulo, cirurgiã dentista do Consultório Odontológico e aluna de mestrado da Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade de São Paulo. Tem experiência na área de Odontologia, com ênfase em Prótese Buco Maxilo Facial.


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How to Cite

Mattos BSC, Carvalho JCM, Matusita M, Alves APPP. Tooth transposition – A literature review and a clinical case. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2015 Nov. 25 [cited 2022 Nov. 28];5(16):953-7. Available from:



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