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Orthodontic Treatment as a Prelude to Dental Implant-Supported Restorations Orthodontic Treatment as a Prelude to Dental Implant-Supported Restorations

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;Marc E. Moskowitz, DDS, David Kurtzman, DDS

Date Added:

2/1/2001


Summary:

Adjunctive orthodontic therapy is tooth movement that either facilitates other dental procedures necessary to control periodontal disease, or changes tooth positions that are not conducive to long-term oral health. Such therapy restores proper occlusal function and provides a healthy foundation for an aesthetic smile. When adjunctive orthodontic therapy is utilized. as part of a multidisciplinary dental team treating complex restorative cases, such as those involving the use of prosthetically guided dental implants, communication with the restorative dentist prior to initiating orthodontic therapy is advised. Additionally, the orthodontist should once again communicate with the restorative dentist prior to debanding, rather than after debanding as is typically the case. This article demonstrates why this type of communication is preferable to a collaborative communicatioon between all team practitioners that fails to include the period prior to debanding.

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