ORTHODONTIC TRACTION OF IMPACTED MANDIBULAR SECOND PRIMARY MOLAR Kim, Min-Jung; Lee, Sang-Ho; Lee, Nan-Young; Jang, Hyang-Gil;
Tooth impaction refers to situations in which the eruption is inhibited by some physical barriers in eruptive path and the tooth remains unerupted beyond the normal time of eruption. The etiology of impacted tooth is controversial, but ankylosis has been suggested probably as a leading role. Impacted primary molars may cause several problems such as space loss, tipping of adjacent teeth, supra-eruption of the antagonists, dislocation of succeeding premolar, cystic change and infection. As one of conventional treatments of impacted primary molars, early tooth extraction or surgical extraction following space regaining when there is space loss has been suggested. However, when they are in normal formation and not ankylosed, orthodontic traction following surgical exposure can be the choice of treatment. In this case, a 3-year-old boy was referred to the department of pediatric dentistry for the unerupted mandibular right second primary molar. After surgical removal of gingiva on the occlusal surface, orthodontic traction was performed. After treatment, we could get normal alignment of primary teeth and the opportunity for normal development of permanent teeth.
Tooth impaction;Orthodontic traction;Mandibular second primary molar;
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