Open bite treatment with first molar extraction. Case report

Guillermo Pérez Cortez


The extraction of first permanent molars is a viable option for the treatment of mild to moderate discrepancies of the maxillary structures in patients with open bite. The therapeutic goal is to correct the malocclusion while trying to camouflage the skeletal problem. A case report is presented of a patient who was treated with extractions of first permanent molar in order to correct the moderate skeletal open bite through mandibular rotation thus achieving a functional occlusion and favorable cosmetic results. The aim of this report is to show that after proper case selection and a good diagnosis, first molar extractions are a suitable alternative treatment for skeletal open bites.

Key words: Open bite, first molar extractions, vertical discrepancy.

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