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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-59

Orthodontic space closure using simple mechanics in compromised first molar extraction spaces: Case series

1 Senior Orthodontist, Private Practitioner, Smiles N Faces Orthodontic Clinic, Vileparle West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Associate Orthodontist, Private Practitioner, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Prashant M Dhole
Smiles N Faces, 8, Gautam Ashish Society, VM Road, Vile Parle West, Mumbai - 400 056, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jios.jios_146_17

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Orthodontic treatments involving missing or compromised first permanent molars are often challenging cases to treat considering the loss of potential anchor tooth. The case series presents orthodontic treatment in three patients with mutilated/absent first permanent molars. The treatment goals were to be accomplished by extraction of compromised teeth and retention of healthy dentition. The diagnosis and problem list needed extractions to accomplish the treatment goals. The possibility of extracting compromised first permanent molars instead of other healthy teeth was considered. A setup was done to determine the final occlusion in asymmetric extraction cases. Fixed appliances were used with simple mechanics without any additional anchorage devices. Case-based retention protocols were followed. All the three patients achieved the predetermined treatment objectives of improved esthetics and healthy and stable functional occlusion. The simple and efficient mechanics and finishing techniques for comprehensive orthodontic treatment with first molar extractions presented in the report should help clinicians when treating similar patients.

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