J Oral Med Oral Surg
Volume 29, Number 2, 2023
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|Published online||10 April 2023|
Images for Diagnosis
Non-syphilitic moon molars: A rare intraoral phenomenon
Nitte (Deemed to be University), AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Mangalore, India.
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), Mangalore, India
* Correspondence: email@example.com
Accepted: 28 February 2023
A 17-year-old male reported with the complaint of unesthetic appearance of upper teeth since childhood. On intra-oral examination, several additional cuspal projections resembling a globular pattern were observed on the occlusal aspect of both left and right permanent first molars of both the arches. The morphologically altered molars were perceived with a carious involvement. Furthermore, irregularly placed permanent incisors and buccally placed-partially erupted permanent maxillary canines were also noted which caused occlusal discomfort (Fig. 1). Although the intra-oral morphology revealed findings similar to congenital syphilis, medical history, family history and extra-oral findings of the patient were non-contributory. The considered differential diagnoses were non-syndromic mulberry (moon) molars with Fournier's canines and congenital syphilis. Routine radiographic (Periapical Radiographs) (Fig. 2) and blood investigations (Complete Blood Count, Differential Leucocyte Count and Platelet Count) concluded no abnormalities. Additionally, screening (Venereal Disease Research Laboratory) and specific tests (Treponema pallidum-Hemagglutination) were also negative which led to a rare diagnosis of non-syphilitic and non-syndromic mulberry molars. The patient underwent restoration of the permanent molars followed by orthodontic management.
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Author contribution DD and RC have done the literature search, preparation of the manuscript; and RC has edited the manuscript.
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Clinical images of the maxillary (a) and mandibular (b) arch of the patient demonstrating globular cusps of molars and impacted maxillary canines.
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