Orthodontic Tips October 13, 2015

When a second molar has been removed, can the wisdom tooth replace it?

If the wisdom tooth is of proper shape and size it can replace the second molar.

In this case the second molar needed to be removed. Fortunately the wisdom tooth was a reasonable shape and size to replace it.

I am using an Essex appliance to hold the first molar in position. I bonded braces on the first molar and wisdom tooth. There is a copper Niti wire and a light elastic ligature guiding the wisdom tooth into position. The forces are very light so the first molar will stay in place.


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