Illustrated Pediatric Dentistry - Part 1

Development of Dentition and Occlusion in Children

Author(s): Pratik Kariya* and Bhavna Dave

Pp: 246-294 (49)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815051483122010016

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The development of dentition and occlusion is an integral part of craniofacial growth as the formation, eruption, exfoliation, and exchange of teeth occur during this period. It is an assimilation of facts, predictions, and studies in static and dynamic situations, the factors influencing them, and their clinical implications. The development of dentition and occlusion is a dynamic concept. The first sign of tooth development appears late in the third week of intrauterine life. An ideal occlusion is the perfect interdigitation of the upper and lower teeth, which results from a developmental process consisting of three main events, jaw growth, tooth formation, and eruption. Development of occlusion starts before the eruption of first teeth in the oral cavity and lasts lifelong thereafter. 

Keywords: Anomalies, Dentition, Development, Growth, Occlusion, Terminal planes

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