The early loss of temporary molars represents a potential risk factor related to the integrity of the dento-alveolar arch, having a tridimensional impact: dental, dento-alveolar, maxillary.
Aim: this study aims at assessing the relevance of ortopantomographic examination in identifying the dento-dental and dento-alveolar consequences resulting from the early loss of temporary molars.
Materials and method: the ortopantomographs of 43 patients aged between 6 and 11 were examined. The patients presented at the Clinic of Pediatric Dentistry in Iasi with an early loss of temporary teeth. The results showed modifications on the level of the dento-alveolar arches with tippings, rotations and body displacements of the teeth adjacent to the breach, egression of the antagonistic teeth, narrowing of the space for premolar eruption especially on mezio tipping or dispalcement of permanent molar I, a poor alveolar development in the area, secondary dento-alveolar incongruence due to lack of space. Conclusion: in this context, ortopantomograph is justified for choosing the correct therapeutical, preventive and curative treatment for temporary molars.
- early loss
- temporary molars