Orthodontics has made remarkable progress in their understanding of growth, tissue response, increasingly sophisticated diagnostic techniques, available materials, and information.
This book was written for three different parts of the dental community:i) Students and residents
ii) General dentists and specialists.
Chapter 1 presents aspects of diagnosis including a detailed facial examination and basic cephalometric analysis that we use as a basis of treatment planning in pediatric. The purposes of first examination are to evaluate the facial growth and to discover any transversal, vertical, or sagittal discrepancies that would worsen in time.
In chapter 2 an attempt has been made to provide the basic principles of occlusal development. Armed with this knowledge, clinicians can accurately discern which occlusal discrepancies would benefit from prevention and early orthodontic intervention. The orthodontic mechanisms available for this endeavor are not complex, but deciding which ones to use and when to employ them is far from simple.
Chapter 3 presents aspects of diagnosis and treatment planning of three main categories of pediatric orthodontic discrepancies:i) Dental and Skeletal cross-bite
ii) Dental anomalies
iii) Impacted teeth.
To be capable of determining the optimum moment to begin treatment, clinicians must possess a profound comprehension of fundamental information that forms the basis of understanding both the pathogenesis and the clinical management of these conditions. We hope that this book will stimulate clinicians to extend their expertise and to further develop the rapidly expanding and interesting field of Orthodontics in Pediatric Dentistry. We should never forget that it is ´better to prevent than to cure´.
Benefits to Audience:
With this book, senior students can gain motivation to deepen their knowledge in pediatric orthodontics or continue their studies at postgraduate level. It could be helpful as the senior dental student prepared for their exams in university. Dentists and pedodontists will also find this book helpful in their clinical practice. This book can also help the specialist orthodontist to quickly review the knowledge without unnecessary references.
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