Article: Volume 45 Number 2 Page 135 - February 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 135-140

Paediatric dentistry:  Management of an Incidental Radiographic Finding of a Severely Infraoccluded Primary Molar

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Abstract: Infraocclusion is a term that is used to describe a tooth that is positioned below the occlusal plane owing to a failure of continued eruption. It can be associated with both the primary and the secondary dentition. However, infraocclusion occurs most frequently in the primary dentition with a reported prevalence of 1.3−35.3%. The mandibular first primary molar has been identified as being the most frequently affected tooth. This case reports on the joint orthodontic and surgical management of an incidentally diagnosed severely infraoccluded primary molar. The report also aims to highlight the importance of early diagnosis of infraoccluded teeth.

Clinical relevance: To provide a better understanding of the potential clinical sequelae that may occur as a result of infraocclusion and the different options available to manage an infraoccluded primary tooth.

Author notes: Sara Gahder Atia, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MSc(Ortho), MOrth RCS(Eng), Orthodontic Post-CCST, Victoria Elton, BChD(Hons), MDentSci, MFDS RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Ed), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), Consultant Orthodontist and Kirsty Woodmason, BCS(Hons), BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed), Birmingham Dental Hospital, Mill Pool Way, Birmingham B5 7EG, UK.

Objective: To understand the clinical implications of infraoccluded primary teeth and the subsequent treatment options available. Enhanced CPD DO C