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Article: Volume 13 Number 4 Page 170 - October 2020

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  Orth Update 2020; 13: 170-179

Orthodontics:  Surgical Methods for Accelerating Orthodontic Tooth Movement

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Abstract: The ability to consistently reduce orthodontic treatment time without adverse outcomes would be an attractive prospect. Several surgical interventions have been described aimed at accelerating orthodontic tooth movement. The aim of this review is to identify and evaluate the current evidence available for surgically-assisted orthodontic tooth movement (OTM). The current evidence suggests that surgical procedures may increase the rate of tooth movement, however, this effect is short lived. Further reporting on total treatment time, and patient centred outcomes, would be beneficial in future studies.

Clinical relevance: To explain surgical methods for accelerating orthodontic tooth movement.

Author notes: Aman Ulhaq, BDS, MFDS, MSc, MOrth, FDS(Orth), Department of Orthodontics, Emma McCrory, BDS, MFDS, Department of Orthodontics and Eleni Besi, DDS, MFDS (RCSEd), MSc(OMFS), PGCert (Implantology), MOralSurg, MFDTEd, Department of Oral Surgery, Edinburgh Dental Institute, Edinburgh, UK.

Objective: To raise awareness of the different surgical methods used to facilitate orthodontic tooth movement and help identify the literature available.