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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 104-106

Twin talons cusp: A case report with review of literature

Department of Oral Pathology, SRM Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication15-Feb-2018

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Dr A H Harini Priya
Department of Oral Pathology, SRM Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_63_17

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Talon cusp is one developmental anomaly of tooth that shows varied presentation as mentioned in the literature. The occurrence of talon cusp in the palatal aspect of the maxillary teeth has been the most common of all. These cases tend to occur due to hyperactivity of the enamel organ. The occurrence of this developmental defect in turn can lead to alteration in normal structure and function of the tooth. Hereby, we are reporting a rare occurrence of twin talon's cusp involving the palatal aspect of maxillary central incisor.

Keywords: Accessory cusp, dens evaginatus, maxilla, permanent incisor, talon, tooth anomaly

How to cite this article:
Harini Priya A H, Priyadarshini N. Twin talons cusp: A case report with review of literature. J Dent Res Rev 2017;4:104-6

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Harini Priya A H, Priyadarshini N. Twin talons cusp: A case report with review of literature. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2017 [cited 2023 Jan 30];4:104-6. Available from: https://www.jdrr.org/text.asp?2017/4/4/104/225632

  Introduction Top

Developmental anomalies involving the structure of the teeth have long been a debate as of its occurrence along with various syndromic conditions. Talon cusp is one such anomaly that is easy to diagnose due to its structural prominence. It was first described by Mitchell in 1892 and was named as talon's cusp by Mellor and Ripa.[1] It is usually visualized as an accessory cusp from the cingulum area of an anterior tooth resembling an eagle's talon which resembles that of an eagle's claw as seen when hooked on to a prey.[2] The occurrence of twins talon cusp involving two maxillary incisors is a rarity and is much less reported so far.

  Case Report Top

A 11-year-old girl reported with the chief complaint of decayed teeth. Extraoral findings showed no abnormality. Intraoral finding revealed a mixed dentition along with presence of dental caries in relation to 54, 75, and 46. The patient had a proclined maxillary anteriors, along with the presence of talon cusp in 11 and 21. The cusp projected from the cement-enamel junction and curved toward the incisal edge of both the incisors [Figure 1]. A periapical radiograph revealed an inverted V-shaped radiopaque structure on the maxillary right and left central incisors [Figure 2]. With the above findings, a diagnosis of Type I talon cusp in 11 and Type II talon cusp in 21 was given. The extent of pulp tissue into the cusp could not be determined on the radiograph. With the consent of the parents, after oral prophylaxis, pit and fissure sealant was applied and the patient was recalled for follow-up.
Figure 1: Showing Type I talon cusp in 11 and Type II talon cusp in 21

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Figure 2: Intraoral periapical showing prominent talon cusp in 11 and talon cusp in 21

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  Discussion Top

Talon cusp is a rare entity more frequently affecting the maxillary permanent incisors and rarely affecting the mandibular and primary incisors.[3] This condition resembles the same as that of dens evaginatus as seen in posterior teeth.[4] The exact etiology of this condition is not known, while various genetic factors seem to have a interplay in the occurrence of this condition which in turn can lead to alteration in the morphodifferentiation stage of tooth development resulting in outfolding of enamel organ or hyperactivity of dental lamina.[5] It has been stated that any disturbance in the morphodifferentiation due to associated endocrine abnormality can lead to structural abnormalities of the tooth as the function of ameloblast and odontoblasts remain unaffected.[6] Thus, talon cusp can occur in isolation or along with other associated dental anomalies such as mesiodens, odontome, unerupted or impacted teeth, peg-shaped maxillary incisors, dens invaginatus, cleft lip and distorted nasal alae, fusion, gemination, supernumerary teeth, and enamel clefts. A strong correlation between the occurrence of talon cusp and associated gene defect has also been stated where it is found associated with systemic conditions such as Sturge–Weber Syndrome, Ellis–van Creveld Syndrome, Incontinentia Pigmenti, Oro-facial Digital II, and Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome.[3],[7],[8],[9]

As described earlier, this lesion usually presents similar to that of an eagle's talon. It is composed predominantly of enamel and dentin, while few others say that there is evidence of small amount of pulp tissue within the cusp. However the extent of pulpal tissue cannot be estimated due to superimposition of tooth structure as in radiographic examination.[10] Hattab et al. reported a male to female ratio of 47:26 among 73 cases reported in the literature.[11] Most reported cases of talon cusp are located in the permanent dentition. Usually, it occurs unilaterally, but bilateral cases, including multiple and double talon cusps, have also been reported.[5] In the present case, no other associated anomaly was appreciate.

Since talon cusp tends to show a varied presentation with its size, shape, and location, Hattab et al. formulated diagnostic criteria:

  • Type 1: Talon – refers to a morphologically well-delineated additional cusp that prominently projects from the palatal (or facial) aspect/surface of a primary or permanent anterior tooth and extends at least half the distance from the cementoenamel junction to the incisal edge
  • Type 2: Semi talon – refers to an additional cusp of a few millimeter extending less than half of the distance from the cementoenamel junction up to the incisal edge. It may blend with the palatal surface or stand away from the rest of the crown
  • Type 3: Trace talon – an enlarged or prominent cingulum and their variations, i.e., conical, bifid, or tubercle like.

Radiographically, it may appear typically as a V-shaped radiopaque structure, as in case of true talon or semi-talon, or can be tubercle-like, as in trace talon, originating from the cervical third of the root. The radiopaque V-shaped structure is superimposed over the normal image of the crown of the tooth. This appearance varies in accordance with the shape and size of the cusp and the angle at which the radiograph is taken.[12] Our case consists of Type I talon in relation to 11 and Type II talon in relation to 21.

Smaller talon cusps are usually asymptomatic and do not cause much dental problems compared to that of large talon cusps which can lead to problems in occlusion, development of dental caries, speech, and esthetics.[13] As mentioned earlier, these talon cusps can be associated with syndromic conditions, thereby a proper record of family history is essential to rule out future complications.

Further treatment of associated dental complication is inclusive of esthetic management involving grinding of the talon cusp, fissure sealing, and composite resin restoration. Orthodontic management may be necessary in case of tooth displacement or malalignment of the same or opposite tooth.[5],[14],[15] The treatment modalities and preventive strategies so planned should revolve around the future complications or associated systemic diseases.

  Conclusion Top

Any minor dental anomaly might be a mirror of a syndromic condition. overall study of a characteristic clinical sign can thus provide a wider view. Therefore, revolving around the same ancient concept of treating only the clinical condition so present should be modified. Talon cusp is one such dental entity associated with various syndromic conditions; therefore, careful speculation is essential.

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  References Top

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Kapur A, Goyal A, Bhatia S. Talon cusp in a primary incisor: A rare entity. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2011;29:248-50.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Ozcelik B, Atila B. Bilateral palatal talon cusps on permanent maxillary lateral incisors: A case report. Eur J Dent 2011;5:113-6.  Back to cited text no. 5
Prabhu R, Chatra L, Shenai P, Kishore S, Nithin S, Savitha D, et al. Mandibular facial talon cusp: A rare case report. Ann Med Health Sci Res 2014;4:S35-7.  Back to cited text no. 6
Kalaskar R, Kalaskar AR. Oral manifestations of ellis-van creveld syndrome. Contemp Clin Dent 2012;3:S55-9.  Back to cited text no. 7
Stalin A, Varma BR. Rubinstein Taybi syndrome. Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry 2006;24:27.  Back to cited text no. 8
Gosselin ML, Doyle T, MacLellan J, Anderson RD, Dyment H. A talon cusp mistaken for a mesiodens: Case report. J Can Dent Assoc 2012;78:c6.  Back to cited text no. 9
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Oredugba FA. Mandibular facial talon cusp: Case report. BMC Oral Health 2005;5:9.  Back to cited text no. 12
Pushpalatha C, Umapathy T, Sowbhagya MB. Case report semi-talon cusps on maxillary anterior teeth: A rare entity. IJOCR 2014;2:91-3.  Back to cited text no. 13
Thakur S, Gupta R, Thakur N, Gupta M. Facial talon cusp on permanent maxillary canine: A rare dental anomaly. J Gen Dent 2013;2:324-7.  Back to cited text no. 14
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