Splints Are Not Just for TMD Therapy
Properly made and well-adjusted occlusal splints can help control parafunctional stresses that are applied by the patient to their natural teeth and the restorations that dentists fabricate for them.
Guidelines for Esthetic Restorative Options
The patient with hopeless, fractured, or missing teeth within the aesthetic zone has posed a tremendous challenge for today's clinician. This article discusses "diagnostic indicators" involved during the evaluation of questionalbe teeth or edentulous spans prior to treatment planning, as well as the potential adjunctive role of orthodontics for the development of an easthetic restorative recipient site. The utilization of orthodontic extrusion in combination with atraumatic extraction and immediate…
The Role of Orthodontic Extrusive Remodeling
A classification scheme that systematizes the wide range of regenerative potential of common extraction site topographies is presented. Within this system, the parameters for immediate implant placement and preliminary ridge augmentation are discussed. In addition, a new adjunctive role for orthodontic extrusion is introduced. This approach is intended to manipulate "hopeless" teeth to modify their local defect environments, thereby enhancing the predictability of subsequent implant placement at…
Adjunctive Orchestrated Orthodontic Therapy
The altruistic goal of any cosmetic dental rehabilitation is the re-establishment of a healthy maintainable aesthetic functional interface from an otherwise damaged dentition. To this end, a multi-disciplinary treatment plan is necessary to fulfill the periodontal, orthodontic, maxillofacial and cosmetic requirements for a healthy, stable dentition that has a favorable long-term prognosis. This comprehensive treatment approach strives for the constituent components of the dentition to have a proper…
Non-surgical Orthodontic Treatment of Anterior Open Bite in an Adult Patient
Caucasian female, 20 years old accepted treatment in the Orthodontics department, White Clinic in February of 2008 with a chief complaint of problems in chewing food and also esthetics, and wanted orthodontic treatment. She had no relevant medical history and no previous history of orthodontic treatment. She had a tongue thrust swallowing pattern and from history taking, she used the pacifier until the age of 6.
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Predictable Gingival Correction of Passive Eruption
While the need to maintain a dry operative field has traditionally caused complications during various soft tissue surgical procedures, the use of bipolar electrosurgical techniques can eliminate the need to maintain a dry field, thus increasing the clinician's ability to deliver predictable, long-term results. This case presentation describes how to determine the presence of passive eruption, treatment plan its correction, and surgically alter the gingiva to provide a more aesthetic smile. Upon…
Open Gingival Embrasures After Orthodontic Treatment in Adults
The purposes of this study were to determine the prevalence of posttreatment open gingival embrasures in adult orthodontic patients and to examine the association of pretreatment maxillary incisor malalignment, posttreatment alveolar bone height, interproximal contact position, root angulation, crown shape, and embrasure area with open gingival embrasures. Posttreatment intraoral photographs of 337 adult orthodontic patients were evaluated to determine the prevalence of open gingival embrasures.…
Orthodontic Treatment as a Prelude to Dental Implant-Supported Restorations
The endosseous dental implant has steadily progressed to become an important modality of restoring incomplete dentitions in fully or partially edentulous patients. Osteointegrated dental implants have demonstrated relatively high success rates in both the maxillary and mandibular jaws. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the American Dental Association (ADA) and numerous other professional organizations have endorsed the placement of osteointegrated dental implants as a viable and…
Orthodontic Caries Control and Bleaching
Oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment can be facilitated by applying bleaching materials
to elevate the pH of the mouth during the course of treatment. Fabrication of thermoplastic
bleaching trays directly in the mouth over the braces without impressions affords
a reasonable technique for the multiple trays required during the orthodontic changes.
Periodontal Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics - A Description of the Surgical Technique
The purpose of this article is to describe the clinical surgical procedures that comprise the PAOO procedure.
Canine Impactions: Incidence and Management
Impacted teeth, especially canines, can cause many problems during orthodontic treatment.
Using Orthodontic Intrusion of Abraded Incisors to Facilitate Restoration
<p><b>Background.</b> The authors examined the effects of orthodontic intrusion of abraded incisors in adult patients to facilitate restoration, focusing specifically on changes in alveolar bone level and root length.</p> <p><b>Methods. </b>The authors analyzed records of 43 consecutive adult patients (mean age 45.9 years). They identified intrusion by means of cephalometric radiographs and bone level and root length by means of periapical radiographs. They calculated treatment differences from…
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