Article: Volume 14 Number 2 Page 98 - April 2021

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  Orth Update 2021; 14: 98-104

Orthodontics:  Orthodontic management of impacted mandibular second molars: a case series

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Abstract: This case series describes a number of different treatment modalities used in the management of impacted mandibular second molars (MM2s). A variety of cases is used to illustrate a number of ways in which these teeth can be managed, and to demonstrate that each case should be managed on an individual basis, taking into account the overall malocclusion. The importance of early diagnosis and management is highlighted throughout.

Clinical relevance: This case series highlights the difficulties and challenges in managing patients who present with impacted lower second molars (MM2s), and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.

Author notes: Andrea Cunningham, BA BDentSc, Junior Clinical Fellow OMFS Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Dipali Patel, Specialty Doctor in Orthodontics, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust London NHS Foundation Trust. Zahra Sheriteh BDS MFDS MSc MOrth FDS (Orth), Consultant Orthodontist Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Email: andrea.cunningham1@nhs.net

Objective: A case series is presented to illustrate a number of different treatment modalities and outcomes for the management of impacted mandibular second molars.

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