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International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
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Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 32 (2012), No. 4     9. July 2012
Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 32 (2012), No. 4  (09.07.2012)

Page 395-402, PubMed:22577645


Rapid Orthodontic Treatment After the Ridge-Splitting Technique - A Combined Surgical-Orthodontic Approach for Implant Site Development: Case Report
Amato, Francesco / Mirabella, A. Davide / Borlizzi, Diego
This article presents a clinical case of bilateral partial edentulism in the posterior mandible with severe horizontal and moderate vertical bone atrophy. A new technique using rapid orthodontics after ridge splitting is presented. The splitcrest technique was carried out using piezosurgical instruments in the first molar and second premolar areas to widen the bone crest and open a channel for tooth movement. Immediately after, orthodontic appliances were used to move the first premolars distally and the second molars mesially into the surgical site. The rationale was to facilitate and accelerate orthodontic movement of the teeth, which is otherwise difficult in a cortical knife-edged ridge. The bone defect was filled with the alveolar bone of the adjacent teeth that were moved into the surgically opened path. Adequate bone volume for implant placement was generated in the first premolar area. Implants were then inserted, and the patient was rehabilitated.