Article: Volume 13 Number 2 Page 89 - April 2020

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  Orth Update 2020; 13: 89-90

Orthodontics:  A Novel Way to Identify Individual Eruption Chains

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Abstract: A common way of treating impacted teeth is by orthodontic extrusion. When the teeth are deeply buried in the alveolar bone a closed eruption technique is often indicated. When multiple teeth are impacted and need to be extruded in a particular sequence, it may be difficult to be sure which eruption chain is attached to a particular tooth. This case report demonstrates a novel way of identifying individual eruption chains.

Clinical relevance: This case report demonstrates a novel way of identifying individual eruption chains attached to multiple impacted teeth.

Author notes: Adele Bronkhorst, BChD, MDent(Ortho), FDS(Ortho) RCS, PGCME, Post-CCST Registrar in Orthodontics, Vijay Santhanam, BDS, MBChB, MRCS, FDS RCS, FRCS(OMFS), PGCME, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Huw G Jeremiah, BDS, BSc, MFDS(RCS), MSc, MOrth(RCS), FDS(Orth) RCS, GCAP AHEA, Consultant Orthodontist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, CB2 2QQ, UK.

Objective: To explain an alternative method of identifying eruption chains when multiple teeth are impacted.

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