About the book
The normal tooth development and eruption process can be altered by many factors and result in different alteration of morphology, eruption position and timing. Developmental defects of teeth are a present condition for many patients and every dental practitioner has to deal with it even if they are limited only to diagnostic and treatment plan establishment. Identifying the potential etiology of morphological defects, its consequences and indications for treatment is of foremost importance for a correct and ethical clinical approach. Subsequent interventions might be solely surgical when considering retained teeth, surgical-orthodontic when applied to impacted teeth that are surgically exposed and subsequently recovered through orthodontic mechanics, or reconstructive, including prosthetic and conservative therapy. Numerous techniques for surgical, orthodontic, prosthetic and conservative interventions have been proposed in order to treat ectopic, impacted and other developmental alteration of teeth over the years. Nowadays, as dentistry is entering the era of patient-need centered medical care, treatments tempt to be less invasive, more patient-friendly and minimally time-consuming. Integrating these important aspects into therapy and applying the most appropriate techniques and skills lead to efficient and satisfying results. This book has been assembled with the idea of providing an extensive overview of various types of tooth developmental alterations and aspects such as etiology, diagnostics, treatment planning, and surgical, orthodontic and reconstructive treatment strategies. Based on solid evidence-based information and supported by extensive clinical experience and numerous patient cases, hopefully, this book will serve as a comprehensive guide for dental practitioners.