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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5
 

Changing attitudes: From isolation to interaction


Professor and Chair, Unit of Orthodontics, Head, Oral Health Sciences Center, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research; Past President, Indian Orthodontic Society, Indian Society of Cleft lip. Palate and Ganiofacial Orthopedics, India

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Ashok Utreja
Professor and Chair, Unit of Orthodontics, Head, Oral Health Sciences Center, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research; Past President, Indian Orthodontic Society, Indian Society of Cleft lip. Palate and Ganiofacial Orthopedics
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.40313

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Utreja A. Changing attitudes: From isolation to interaction. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2008;26:5

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With the increasing incidence of malocclusion among growing children, there is also an increasing awareness about orthodontic treatment. The changing trend among the Indian population is to seek treatment from the specialist dental surgeon rather than going to the general dental surgeon. As a result, the pediatric dentist is often the first one to be approached for consultation related to developing malocclusion in children as young as seven years old. With extensive training and experience in handling children, the pediatric dentist may be the best person to share the responsibility of interceptive and corrective orthodontics. Treatment of the developing malocclusion in a growing child is important as it not only benefits the child psychosocially but also normalizes the perioral musculature, which is conducive to the normal growth of the dental arches, jaws and the face. When left untreated, the malocclusion usually gets complicated and more difficult to treat by conventional means. However, treating such malocclusions is a challenging task. Habit-breaking appliances and other growth modulation procedures have an important role in the growing child.

Children with developing incisor crowding or early loss of primary molars may not only require space maintainers but are also in need of space management which may involve space-holding appliances, space regainers and at times, planned extractions of primary and permanent teeth (serial extractions). The procedure of serial extraction may appear simple but the decision to extract permanent teeth is often a very difficult one and requires the experience and expertise, which is obtained after extensive training. A simple mixed dentition analysis in the growing child is not an appropriate solution to the problem. Various growth-related changes in the dental arches, soft tissue facial profile and maxillo-mandibular relations are some of the crucial variables to be taken into consideration. All this requires extensive application of radiographic cephalometrics and the interpretation of the implications of these measurements during growth. Most of the intercepted malocclusions later require a finishing phase of comprehensive orthodontic therapy.

It is therefore important that children with developing malocclusion undergo interceptive and limited corrective orthodontic therapy with the pediatric dentist and the orthodontist, who work in sync and combine their expertise to produce optimum results. As all dental specialties are expanding the scope of their work, more grey areas have arisen, which must be addressed by the interaction of specialists rather than in isolation. As we progress, let us change our attitudes and make our actions patient-centered rather than specialty-centered.


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