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International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery

Year 1988
Volume 3 , Issue 4

Pages: 197 - 211

The role of tooth extrusion in treatment planning for orthognathic surgery


Tooth extrusion has been characterized as an undesirable component of presurgical orthodontic treatment because of its alleged role in dental relapse following surgical correction of open bite. A review of current literature and clinical experience suggests that tooth extrusion is a viable and necessary component of presurgical orthodontic treatment. Alternate explanations for relapse following correction of open bite are offered. It is suggested that long-term stability of open bite closure is a product of well-executed treatment and biologic adaptation, and not necessarily the technique of correction.


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