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Title: Clinical applications of orthodontic microimplant anchorage in craniofacial patients
Authors: Amornpong Vachiramon
Mark Urata
Hee Moon Kyung
Dennis Duke Yamashita
Stephen L K Yen
Mahidol University
University of Southern California
Kyungpook National University
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Keywords: Dentistry;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2009
Citation: Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. Vol.46, No.2 (2009), 136-146
Abstract: Microimplant anchors, also known as temporary anchorage devices, mini- and micro-screws, have been used to enhance orthodontic anchorage for difficult tooth movements. Here, the authors describe how microimplants can be used to help treat craniofacial patients by supporting distraction osteogenesis procedures, maxillary protraction procedures, cleft segment expansion and stabilization, and tooth movement into narrow alveolar cleft sites. While most craniofacial patients are treated without microimplants, it would be worthwhile to identify which cases could benefit from microimplant anchorage. As an adjunct to orthodontic treatment, the microimplant offers a potential method for solving troublesome orthodontic and surgical problems such as guiding distraction procedures with orthodontics when primary teeth are exfoliating, addressing residual maxillary cants after vertical distraction osteogenesis of a ramus, stabilizing an edentulous premaxilla, and moving teeth into atrophic alveolar ridges. These cases are presented to open a dialogue on their possible uses in craniofacial patients.
ISSN: 15451569
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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