This lecture will discuss a bit of the history of the extraction/nonextraction controversy, which will focus on extraction of deciduous and then permanent teeth in the mixed dentition. The case reports used to illustrate this lecture have significant tooth arch length discrepancies that required the removal of dental units in order for the patient to have an esthetic, healthy, functional and stable dentition.
Recognize the malocclusion that might require removal of dental units during the mixed dentition phase of dental development
Identify selected teeth that should be considered for removal at a particular age
Evaluate a patient who has tooth arch length discrepancies for possible extraction in the mixed and/or early permanent dentition