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J Calif Dent Assoc. 2013 Aug;41(8):612-8.

Management of premature primary tooth loss in the child patient.

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Sections of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, USA.


Premature loss of primary teeth can result in a loss of arch length and have a negative effect on occlusion and alignment, often increasing the need for orthodontic treatment. Use of space maintainers can reduce the severity of problems such as crowding, ectopic eruption, tooth impaction and poor molar relationship. This article presents a review of the consequences of premature tooth loss and discusses the appliances commonly used for space maintenance.

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