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Mini-implants in Growing Patients: A Case Report

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An immediate tooth replantation is the treatment of choice following avulsion, although it may not always be possible. The therapeutic approach is more complicated in patients that are still growing, as it must not interfere with normal cranial-facial growth processes. This case report evaluates the effectiveness of implant-prosthesis rehabilitation in a growing patient using mini-implants, following a failed post-avulsion tooth replantation. The accurate pre-surgical evaluation employed in this protocol, including the growth expectation assessment, made it possible to place the mini implants without interfering with subsequent sagittal and transversal growth of the maxillary bones. Two years of follow-up in the present case allowed us to confirm that this protocol resulted in a fast rehabilitation of the frontal section, with immediate aesthetic and functional success and patient's satisfaction.
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Keywords: GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT; ORAL SURGERY; TRAUMA

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Department of Paediatric Dentistry, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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  • Pediatric Dentistry is the official publication of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is published bi-monthly and is internationally recognized as the leading journal in the area of pediatric dentistry. The journal promotes the practice, education and research specifically related to the specialty of pediatric dentistry. This peer-reviewed journal features scientific articles, case reports and abstracts of current pediatric dental research.
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