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The effectiveness of a single osteointegrated implant combined with pendulum springs for molar distalization

Gökhan Oncağ, Sercan Akyalçin, Fatih Arikan
American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 2007, 131 (2): 277-84
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The aim of this report was to present the clinical efficiency of a single osteointegrated implant combined with pendulum springs for molar distalization. A 15-year-old girl sought treatment for irregular anterior teeth and poor smile esthetics. A novel appliance was designed that combined osteointegrated implants with 0.032-in beta-titanium wire and pendulum springs. The treatment results were evaluated from lateral cephalometric radiographs. Distalization of the maxillary first molars was achieved in 6 months. Total treatment time was 21 months. Facial esthetics improved as a consequence of treatment. This appliance design offers reliable molar distalization, even when absolute anchorage is required.

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