Article: Volume 45 Number 8 Page 760 - September 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 760-772

Orthodontics /Paediatric Dentistry:  The Orthodontic/Paediatric Interface Part 1

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Abstract: This series discusses the interface between orthodontics and other dental specialties. The first part of this four-part series will discuss the orthodontic/paediatric interface. It will discuss some common problems encountered in paediatric dentistry where orthodontic input is necessary including: enforced extraction of poor-quality teeth, unerupted maxillary incisors, crossbites, trauma, impacted canines, space maintainers and ectopic eruption of first permanent molars. The second part will discuss the orthodontic/restorative interface; the third will focus on the orthodontic/periodontal interface and the final article will discuss the orthodontic/endodontic interface.

Clinical relevance: Orthodontists and paediatric dentists work closely together to ensure that children have the appropriate treatment at the optimal time. General dental practitioners (GDPs) need to be able to identify and treat common problems and know when to refer to orthodontic or paediatric specialists.

Author notes: Samantha Carr, BDS, MJDF RCS(Eng), Specialty Dentist in Paediatric Dentistry, University of Manchester Dental Hospital, Siobhan Barry, BDS, MFDS RCS(Dub), DClin Dent(Paed. Dent), MPaed Dent RCS(Glasg), FDS(Paed Dent) RCS(Glasg), Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, University of Manchester Dental Hospital, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester, M15 6HF and Ovais H Malik, BDS, MSc(Orth), MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Ed), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), Consultant in Orthodontics, University of Manchester Dental Hospital, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Northenden House Orthodontics.

Objective: To discuss the interface between orthodontics and paediatric dentistry.


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