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Article: Volume 8 Number 4 Page 132 - October 2015

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  Orthodontic Update 32: 132-138

Orthodontics:  Idiopathic External Apical Root Resorption: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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Abstract: This report presents an interesting case of idiopathic external apical root resorption (IEARR) affecting the non-occluding teeth in a 20-year-old Caucasian male patient with a Class III malocclusion. A review of the current literature is reported and the presenting features of the patient are discussed.

Clinical relevance: Root resorption evident prior to treatment can impact on the possibility of orthodontic treatment. This interesting case highlights a clinical need for treatment and also that root resorption can occur without active orthodontic forces.

Author notes: Kate Waldon, BChD, MFDS RCS(Ed), Dental Officer, Salaried Dental Service, Bradford District Care Trust, Bradford, James Spencer, MSc, BDS, FDS RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Eng), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), Consultant in Orthodontics, Oral and Facial Department, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield and Christopher S Barker, DDS, BChD, MFDS RCS(Ed), MOrth RCS(Ed), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), Consultant in Orthodontics, Oral and Facial Department, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield, UK.

Objective: To understand the implications of root resorption on orthodontic treatment.

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