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Other Names for this Disease
  • Bull teeth
  • Large pulp chambers in the molars
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Taurodontism is a disorder of tooth development and occurs most commonly in permanent molar teeth.[1][2] It refers to an elongation of the pulp chamber of the tooth, which can cause the tooth to lie deep in the jaw (aveolar process).[3] At this time the cause of taurodontism is unknown.
Last updated: 7/18/2013


  1. Hirschmann PN. Dental radiology. In: Grainger RG, Allison D, Adam A, Kixon AK, Carty H, Sprigg A, Zerhouni E, Pettersson H. Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone, Inc; 2001;
  2. Rao A. Taurodontism of deciduous and permanent molars: report of two cases. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2006;
  3. Taurodontism. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man. 1994; . Accessed 2/29/2008.
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