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Volume 32 , Issue 4
August 2012

Pages 395-402

Rapid Orthodontic Treatment After the Ridge-Splitting Technique--A Combined Surgical-Orthodontic Approach for Implant Site Development: Case Report

Francesco Amato, MD, DDS, PhD/A. Davide Mirabella, DDS, MSD/Diego Borlizzi, DDS

PMID: 22577645
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.1076

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 split-crest 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. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2012;32:395402.)

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