Miniscrew-assisted nonsurgical palatal expansion before orthognathic surgery for a patient with severe mandibular prognathism

Kee Joon Lee, Young Chel Park, Joo Young Park, Woo Sang Hwang

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A transverse maxillary deficiency in an adult is a challenging problem, especially when it is combined with a severe anteroposterior jaw discrepancy. The demand for nonsurgical maxillary expansion might increase as patients and clinicians try to avoid a 2-stage surgical procedure - surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion followed by orthognathic surgery - and detrimental periodontal effects and relapse. In this regard, a miniscrew- assisted rapid palatal expansion was devised and used to treat a 20-year-old patient who had severe transverse discrepancy and mandibular prognathism. Sufficient maxillary orthopedic expansion with minimal tipping of the buccal segment was achieved preoperatively, and orthognathic surgery corrected the anteroposterior discrepancy. The periodontal soundness and short-term stability of the maxillary expansion were confirmed both clinically and radiologically. Effective incorporation of orthodontic miniscrews for transverse correction might help eliminate the need for some surgical procedures in patients with complex craniofacial discrepancies by securing the safety and stability of the treatment, assuming that the suture is still patent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-839
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthodontics

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