Pediatric Dentistry

Orthodontics

Classification of Teeth


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Classification of teeth- Class 1

The classification of bites are broken up into three main categories: Class I, II, and III.

Identifying first molar relationships is the key to classifying bites.

Classification of Teeth - Class II

Class II is where the lower first molar is posterior (or more towards the back of the mouth) than the upper first molar. In this abnormal relationship, the upper front teeth and jaw project further forward than the lower teeth and jaw. There is a convex appearance in profile with a receding chin and lower lip. Class II problems can be due to insufficient growth of the lower jaw, an over growth of the upper jaw, or a combination of the two. In many cases, Class II problems are genetically inherited, and can be aggravated by environmental factors such as finger sucking. Class II problems are treated via growth redirection to bring the upper and lower teeth and jaws into harmony.

Classification of Teeth - Class III

Class III is when the lower first molar is anterior (or more towards the front of the mouth) than the upper first molar. In this abnormal relationship, the lower teeth and jaw project further forward than the upper teeth and jaws. There is a concave appearance in profile with a prominent chin. Class III problems are usually due to an overgrowth of the lower jaw, an undergrowth of the upper jaw, or a combination of the two. Like Class II problems, they can be genetically inherited.




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