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2017 Annual Session Conference

AS17B03D - Non-compliance Mesialization for Upper Arch Space Closure

Apr 22, 2017 9:00am ‐ Apr 22, 2017 9:30am


Congenitally missing lateral incisors or second premolars, extremely displaced canines, or severe trauma to the central incisors all result in a reduced upper dentition. The two most common treatment approaches are space closure or space opening to allow prosthodontic replacement with either a fixed prosthesis or single-tooth implants. Both of these approaches involve compromises in terms of esthetics, periodontal health, and function.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of palatal TAD borne mesialization.
  • Identify recommendable insertion sites in the palate.
  • Design an appropriate TAD borne mechanics depending on the treatment objective.


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