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Miniscrew-Retained Pontics in Growing Patients: A Biological Approach

VOLUME 46 : NUMBER 10 : PAGES (638-640) 2012

ROBERTO CIARLANTINI, DDS

BIRTE MELSEN, DDS, DO

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Two options are available for treating patients with agenesis of the upper lateral incisors: space closure followed by reshaping of the canines that will function as lateral incisors, or space maintenance for implant placement after cessation of alveolar development. The first choice is preferable when the shape of the canines allows for acceptable recontouring and space closure will not have a detrimental effect on the patient's profile. Otherwise, the better alternative will be...

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