Article: Volume 11 Number 2 Page 55 - April 2018

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  Orth Update 2018; 11: 55-60

Orthodontics:  The Aberrant Molar

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Abstract: The eruption of the molar teeth represents the start and end of the establishment of the permanent dentition. This process often occurs without event, but occasionally abnormalities of eruption occur and most frequently this affects the third molar. This article gives an overview of the possible aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of the aberrant molar.

Clinical relevance: Awareness of the possible sequelae of unerupted or impacted molars is important in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Author notes: Tarun K Mittal, BDS, DDS, MFDS, MOrth RCS(Ed), Post-CCST Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics, Leeds Dental Institute and York Teaching Hospital, Nikki E Atack, BDS, MSc, MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, Consultant Orthodontist, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, Hywel J Naish, BSc, BDS, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), Specialist Practitioner, Cathedral Orthodontics, Cardiff, Julie C Williams, BDS, DDS, MOrth, MDTFEd, CertED FHEA, MA(Ethics of Healthcare), PGCert(Conscious Sedation and Pain Control) DPDS, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Orthodontics, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, James S Puryer, BDS, DPDS, MFDS RCS(Eng), MDFTEd, MSc, FHEA, Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow in Restorative Dentistry, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, Jonathan R Sandy, BDS, MSc, PhD, MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, FDS RCS(Ed), FFD RCS, Professor of Orthodontics and Dean of Health Sciences, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol and Anthony J Ireland, BDS, MSc, PhD, MOrth RCS, FDS RCS, FHEA, Professor of Orthodontics, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, UK.

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