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VOLUME 21 , ISSUE 12 ( December, 2020 ) > List of Articles


Interarch Traction Strategy for Palatal Cuspid Impactions

Adith Venugopal, Nikhilesh R Vaid

Citation Information : Venugopal A, Vaid NR. Interarch Traction Strategy for Palatal Cuspid Impactions. J Contemp Dent Pract 2020; 21 (12):1408-1411.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2972

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 13-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Aim and objective: To disimpact a palatally impacted canine using a novel, compliance-dependent technique. Background: Orthodontic traction of palatally impacted teeth warrants careful mechanical strategies to avoid complications that include root damage to adjacent teeth and resorptions. Sound biomechanical control to avoid these side effects is considered paramount in planning the traction. Technique: The palatally impacted canine was pulled into the arch with the aid of a modified power arm on the exposed canine and a miniscrew on the lower arch. Conclusion: The impacted canine was successfully brought into occlusion within 11 months. Clinical significance: This paper highlights the use of a simple strategy using interarch mechanics and temporary anchorage devices (TADs) to aid in the safe mechanical eruption of impacted palatal canines without the need to bend complex wire designs.

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