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The Role of Orthodontics as an Adjunct to Periodontal Therapy The Role of Orthodontics as an Adjunct to Periodontal Therapy

Author(s):

Vincent G. Kokich, Sr., DDS, MSD

Date Added:

1/1/0001


Summary:

Orthodontic tooth movement may be a substantial benefit to the adult periorestorative patient. Many adults who seek rout ine resto rative dentistry have problems with tooth malposition that compromise their ability to adequately clean and maintain their dentitions. If these individuals also are susceptible to periodontal disease, tooth malposition could be an exacerbating factor that could cause premature loss of spedfic teeth. Orthodontic appliances have become smaller, less noticeable, and easier to maintain during orthodontic therapy. Many adults are taking advantage of the opportunity to have their teeth aligned to improve the esthetics of their smiles. If these individuals also have underlying gingival or osseous periodontal defects, these defects often can be improved during orthodontic therapy if the orthodontist is aware of the situation and designs the appropriate tooth movement. In addition, implants have become a major part of the treatment plan for many adults with missing teeth . If adjacent teeth have drifted into edentulous spaces, orthodontics is often helpful to provide the ideal amount of space for implants and subsequent restorations. This article shows the ways in which adjunctive orthodontic therapy can enhance the periodontal health and restorability of teeth.

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