Comprehensive orthodontic treatment
Comprehensive orthodontic treatment is undertaken for problems that involve alignment of the teeth, how the jaws function and how the top and bottom teeth fit together. The goal of comprehensive orthodontic treatment is to correct the identified problem and restore the occlusion to its optimum. Treatment may consist of one or more phases, depending on the nature of the problem being corrected and the goals for treatment.
This patient also has a missing mandibular right second primary molar, but a space maintainer if placed here, keeps the permanent molar from drifting mesially. The critical importance of maintaining the space of a prematurely lost primary molar should be realised.