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Serial Extraction is an interceptive orthodontic procedure usually initiated in the early mixed dentition.
It is a procedure that includes the planned extraction of certain deciduous teeth & later specific permenent teeth in an orderly sequence & pre-determined pattern to guide the erupting permenent teeth into a more favourable position.
(1929) used the term “ Serial extraction” to describe a procedure where some deciduous teeth followed by permenent teeth were extracted to guide the rest of the teeth into normal occlusion.
during 1940’s popularized this technique in united states of AMERICA, termed it “planned & progressive extraction” & has been called the ‘father’ of Serial extraction philosophy in united states.
in 1970 called such a procedure “active supervision” of teeth by extraction.
Serial extraction is based on 2 basic principles:
Arch Length tooth material discrepancy:
Whenever there is an excess of tooth material as compared to the arch length a selective extraction of some teeth is done so that rest of the teeth can be guided to normal occlusion.
Physiologic tooth movement
: Human dentition shows a physiologic tendency to move towards an extraction space.
Thus by selective removal of some teeth the rest of the teeth which are in the process of eruption are guided by the natural forces into the extraction spaces .

Class II & III malocclusion with skeletal abnormalities.
Space dentition.
Anodontia/ oligodontia.
Open bite & deep bite.
Midline diastema.
Class I malocclusion with minimal space deficiency.
Unerupted malformed teeth. Eg. Dilacerations.
Extensive caries or heavily filled I permenent molars.
Mild disproportion between arch length & tooth material .
Class I malocclusion showing harmony between skeletal & muscular system.
Arch length deficiency as compared to the tooth material is the most imp. indication for serial extraction.
Arch length deficiency is indicated by the presence of 1 or more of the following features:

Absence of physiologic spacing
Unilateral or bilateral premature loss of deciduous canines with midline shift.
Malpositioned or impacted lateral incisors .
Irregular or crowded upper & lower incisors.
Localized gingival recession in the lower ant region
Ectopic eruption of teeth.
Mesial migration of buccal segment.
Abnormal eruption pattern & sequence.
Lower anterior flaring. Ankylosis of 1 or more teeth .
Where growth is not enough to overcome the discrepancy between tooth material & basal bone.
Patients with straight profile & pleasing appearance.
Contraindications of Serial Extraction
Advantages of Serial Extraction:
Treatment is more physiologic as it involves guidance of teeth into normal positions.
Psychological trauma associated with malocclusion can be avoided by treatment of the malocclusion at an early stage.
It eliminates the duration of multi-banded fixed treatment.
Better oral hygiene is possible thereby reducing the risk of caries.
Health of investing tissue is preserved.
Lesser retention period is indicated at the completion of treatment.
More stable results are achieved as the tooth material & arch length are in harmony.
Disadvantages of Serial Extraction
It can not be universally applied to all patients.
Treatment time is prolonged as the treatment is carried out in stages spread over 2-3 years.
It requires the patient to visit the dentist thus patient co-operation is needed.
As the extraction spaces are created that close gradually the patient has a tendency of developing tongue thrust.
Extraction of buccal teeth can result in deepening of the bite.
If the procedure are not carried out properly there is a risk of arch length reducing by mesial migration of the buccal segment.
Ditching or space can exist b/w the canine & 2 nd premolar.
The axial inclination of teeth at the termination of the serial extraction procedure may require correction.
There are mainly three methods
Dewel’s Method
Tweed’s Method
Nance method.
Dewel has proposed a 3 step serial extraction procedure.
In the 1st Step, the deciduous canines are extracted to create a space for alignment of the incisors.
This step is carried out at 8-9 years of age.
After 1 years, the deciduous 1st molars are extracted so that the eruption of 1st premolars is accelerated.
This is followed by the extraction of the erupting 1st premolar to permit the permanent canines to erupt in their place.
In some cases, a
Modified Dewel’s Technique
is followed where in the 1 st premolar are enucleated at the time of extraction of the 1st deciduous molars.
This is frequently necessary in the mandibular arch where the canines often erupt before the 1st PM
This method involves the extraction of the deciduous 1st molars around 8 years of age.

This is followed by the extraction of the 1st premolar & the deciduous canines.
Nance Method
This is similar to the Tweed’s technique & involves the extraction of the deciduous 1st molars followed by the extraction of the 1st Premolars & the deciduous canines.
Problems in the serial extraction
Ant. crossbites
can broadly classified as
Dento- alveolar ant. crossbites.
Skeletal ant. crossbites
Functional ant. crossbites. ANTERIOR CROSSBITES
Dento alvealor ant. Crossbites:
Ant. crossbite in which 1 or more maxillary teeth are in lingual relation to the mandibular ant. is termed as “
Dentoalveolar ant. Crossbites
This is manifested as single tooth crossbite & usually occurs due to over retained deciduous teeth.
Functional ant. Crossbites
Also called “
Pseudo Class III Malocclusion
Occurs as a result of occlusal prematurities .
Skeletal ant. crossbite
These are usually a result of skeletal discrepencies in growth of maxilla or the mandible.
Ant. cross bite can be a result of maxillary retrognathism or hypoplasia or mandibular prognthism.
These are treated by use of myofunctional or orthopadic appliances.
Guided Eruption
In case of a premature loss of tooth, or after the extraction of a defective tooth, a band loop space maintainer has to be used to ensure proper space for the new tooth to erupt. Space maintainers will not only help the new tooth to erupt properly, but also help avoid the need for extensive orthodontics in the future.
Presented by:
BAYETA, Kenneth Renan P.

National University
College of Dentistry

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