Article: Volume 45 Number 7 Page 625 - July/August 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 625-633

Orthodontics:  Management of Infra-Occluded Primary Molars

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Abstract: This article reviews the aetiology, diagnosis and management of infra-occluded primary molars. The different treatment options are detailed as well as the differences in the management of patients depending on their age, the severity of the infra-occlusion and whether the permanent successor is present or absent.

Clinical relevance: The ability to identify and diagnose infra-occluded primary molars is crucially important for their subsequent management. Knowledge of the different treatment options and their relevance in different clinical situations is important for all dental healthcare professionals.

Author notes: Roshanak Attwall, BChD, MFDS RCS(Ed), Maxillofacial Surgery Senior House Officer, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow Middlesex, Kate Parker, BDS(Hons), BA(Hons), MJDF RCS(Eng), Orthodontic Specialty Registrar, Department of Orthodontics, Eastman Dental Hospital, Daljit S Gill, BSc(Hons), BDS(Hons), FDS RCS, MSc, MOrth RCS, FDSOrth RCS, FHEA, Consultant Orthodontist, Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust and UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital, London, UK.

Objective: To identify and diagnose infra-occluded primary molars and be aware of the different treatment options.