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Movement of teeth adjacent to posterior bounded edentulous spaces.

Bounded edentulous spaces (BES)-a missing posterior tooth with intact adjacent teeth-are thought to lead to arch collapse resulting from the movement of adjacent teeth. To determine the rate of change in distance between teeth adjacent to a BES, we examined three successive measurable radiographs of 116 untreated posterior BES cases. The distance between the teeth ( DBT) adjacent to the space was measured, and change in DBT (delta DBT) between pre-extraction and follow-up radiographs was calculated. We used linear spline regression to construct models for tooth movement and to identify factors associated with delta DBT. The mean delta DBT was < 1 mm during the first year post-extraction, and the DBT continued to decrease at a successively slower rate each following year. Overall and for each tooth type, the greatest rates of decrease in DBT were seen in the zero to two-year period. In a multivariable model, time since extraction and tooth type were significantly associated with delta DBT. These findings suggest that movement of teeth adjacent to a posterior BES after the first two years is usually gradual and minor within the time frame of this study.[1]


  1. Movement of teeth adjacent to posterior bounded edentulous spaces. Gragg, K.L., Shugars, D.A., Bader, J.D., Elter, J.R., White, B.A. J. Dent. Res. (2001) [Pubmed]
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