Restoration of a vertical alveolar bone defect by orthodontic relocation of a mesially impacted mandibular first molar

Sung Jin Kim, Jin Wook Kim, Tae Hyun Choi, Kee Joon Lee

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An impacted mandibular first molar tends to cause serious bone defects of the adjacent teeth. When choosing between the 2 typical treatment options - extraction or orthodontic relocation of the impacted tooth - the decision should be based on assessment of the prognosis. A 22-year-old man with severe mesioangulation and impaction of the mandibular first molar and a related vertical bone defect on the distal side of the second premolar was treated with extraction of the second molar and orthodontic relocation of the first molar with a retromolar miniscrew. Comprehensive orthodontic treatment involving premolar extraction was conducted. Strategic extraction of the molar and adequate orthodontic movement helped to restore the bone structure on the affected side. This case report suggests the effectiveness of restoration of bone defects by using viable periodontal tissues around the impacted tooth for the longevity of the periodontium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S122-S132
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthodontics

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