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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

October 2011
Volume 42 , Issue 9

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Paresthesia during orthodontic treatment: Case report and review

André da Costa Monini, DDS, MS/Renato Parsekian Martins, DDS, MS, PhD/Isabela Parsekian Martins, DDS/Lídia Parsekian Martins, DDS, MS, PhD

Pages: 761–769
PMID: 21909501

Paresthesia of the lower lip is uncommon during orthodontic treatment. In the present case, paresthesia occurred during orthodontic leveling of an extruded mandibular left second molar. It was decided to remove this tooth from the appliance and allow it to relapse. A reanatomization was then performed by grinding. The causes and treatment options of this rare disorder are reviewed and discussed. The main cause of paresthesia during orthodontic treatment may be associated with contact between the dental roots and inferior alveolar nerve, which may be well observed on tomography scans. Treatment usually involves tooth movement in the opposite direction of the cause of the disorder. (Quintessence Int 2011;42:761–769)

Key words: orthodontic appliances, paresthesia

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