Clinical Case: When would you consider serial extraction? (VIDEO SOLUTION)
A 9-year old girl presents to your office for routine examination when you notice that teeth 5.3 and 6.3 have exfoliated prematurely and the 1.4 is erupting very near the 1.2. Your assessment from examination, xrays and models is that she is a young girl in mixed dentition with a hypoplastic maxilla characterized by a shalllow overbite and crowding.
You consider serial extraction. How severe is the crowding? What allows you to make the diagnosis of crowding? What are the indications for serial extraction in this case and are there any contraindications?