Treatment of Anterior Crossbite in the Primary Dentition With Esthetic Crowns: Report of 3 Cases

By Dr. German Ramirez-Yañez, DDS, Pedo Spec, MDSc, PhD1

Abstract: Anterior crossbite is a sagittal malocclusion occurring in approximately 4 to 5% of children with primary dentition.

Although self-correction may occur, treating an anterior crossbite as early as possible has been proposed to prevent problems in the transitional and permanent dentitions.
The purpose of this paper is to present an optional restorative treatment used in 3 cases where an anterior crossbite was treated by restoring the primary maxillary incisors with esthetic pediatric strip crowns.

In all 3 cases, the crossbite was successfully treated by using the proposed technique over 1 to 2 weeks. A 6-month follow-up showed that the occlusion stabilized into a sagittal normal relationship, permitting normal dentofacial growth and development to continue.

The technique presented here can be added to the armamentarium of pediatric dentists and general practitioners to correct anterior crossbites diagnosed in the primary dentition.

(Pediatr Dent 2011;33:339-42) Received December 23, 2009 | Last Revision April 25, 2010 | Accepted April 25, 2010

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