A five-year study of 26,264 panoramic radiographs found distal positioning of the mandibular second bicuspid associated with a missing adjoining first molar in one of every 505 patients. Following early removal of the first molar, there is a 5% to 10% chance that the second bicuspid will migrate distally. It usually continues until it contacts the root of the second molar, and then rotates up into occlusion adjacent to and parallel with that tooth. Mesial drift seldom occurs in this circumstance; the resulting space between lower first and second bicuspids remains. Early conservative management can be very important in these cases, making peroxide x-ray examination advisable whenever a molar has been lost and the adjoining bicuspid has not yet erupted.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1982|
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