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The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Spring 2008
Volume 9 , Issue 1

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Maxillary Second Molar Extractions In Orthodontic Treatment

Wilson Lee, BDS, BSc, MOrth, MOrth RCS (Edin)/Ricky Wing-Kit Wong, BDS, MOrth, PhD, MOrthRCS, FRACDS/Tomio Ikegami, DDS, Cert Pedo, Cert Orth, MSc, Dip ABO/Urban Hägg, DDS, Odont Dr, FDSRCS (Edin)

Pages: 52–61
PMID: 18426106

This article is a review of the rationales, indications, methods, and effects of orthodontic treatment with maxillary second molar extractions. In addition to the patient’s malocclusion, specific considerations about the status and position of the maxillary second and third molars should be taken into account. In recent years, the development of temporary anchorage devices, in addition to extraoral traction and intraoral distalization appliances, has become another armamentarium in the distalization of the maxillary posterior teeth, which may affect the selection of teeth to be extracted from second to third molars. In conclusion, extraction of maxillary second molars is a viable option in selected cases at present, but it is important to understand the indications and limitations of this treatment choice. World J Orthod 2008;9:52–61.

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