The Adjunctive Relationship Between Orthodontics and Periodontics



Understanding the relationship between periodontics and orthodontics is an essential tool for the specialist in modern practice. The use of 3D imaging is important as a diagnostic tool in both entities and is an aid for accuracy in surgical interventions. The ability to locate a tooth by these means eliminates much of the guess work in approaching exposure of impactions and the capability to do so. Our ability to move teeth creates new avenues for bony augmentation and soft tissue positioning that would not otherwise be feasible. Both esthetics and function may be enhanced by the careful positioning or repositioning of teeth. These include natural or prosthetically restored dentitions. Through orthodontic means, surgically enhanced implant sites are more predictable and possibly less extensive in nature. Interceptive soft tissue grafting, when indicated, can either prevent or correct mucogingival problems that would otherwise compromise the prognosis of orthodontic outcomes. In addition, plastic procedures are available to allow teeth to be exposed that were inhibited because of hypertrophy, hyperplasia, or inadequate bracket positioning. By utilizing different described procedures, the orthodontist and periodontist may better treat and more simply achieve goals of a particular therapy.


Exposures for orthodontics Extrusions Soft and hard tissue correction Implant site development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Periodontics, College of DentistryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of DentistryAdvocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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