It is important to have a clear picture of how a child is changing dentally and skeletally throughout his or her growth period.
In fact the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic examination by the age of seven.
The early treatment examination in the mixed dentition enables the practitioner to identify problems at an early stage, and to determine when to commence treatment and/or refer patients to an orthodontist.
Things to look for during a mixed dentition examination include crowding of permanent teeth, excessive overjet or overbite, missing primary teeth needed for space maintenance, supernumerary teeth, skeletal discrepancies, habits, airway problems, and eruption path problems.
This continuing dental education article is being written to describe the need for early examination and diagnosis of malocclusions in growing children.
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A short review of growth and development will be presented, along with a description of the stages of tooth eruption. After completing this course, the reader will have a clearer understanding of problems associated with children in the mixed dentition stage of development.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic examination by the age of seven. By then, the maxillary and mandibular first molars, lateral incisors, and central incisors should have erupted.
This article will describe what practitioners should be looking for during an early treatment examination in the mixed dentition and aid them in determining what they should treat and/or when they should refer
°Diagnosing Early Interceptive Orthodontic Problems – Part 1
°Written by: Michael Florman, DDS / Rob Veis, DDS / Mark M. Alarabi, DDS, CECSMO / Mahtab Partovi, DDS