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The Rect-spring: A New Device for Treating Ectopically Erupting Permanent Molars

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The Rect-spring, a new device that simply and effectively resolves ectopically erupting molars, may be applied in cases where the ectopically erupted molar is entrapped by more than two mm. Its design, scientifically logical for changing the direction of force, delivers a continuous distalizing and uprighting force. The Rect-spring can be easily manufactured at chairside and delivered on the same day without the need to take impressions or perform laboratory procedures. With proper activation, it can resolve a severely ectopically erupting molar within three months. It is relatively inexpensive and easy to deliver, causes little irritation, and is less time consuming for patients. It is worth utilizing before introducing Halterman or Humphrey appliances due to its simplicity and economical benefit. The purpose of this clinical report was to describe the design and the clinical application procedure for the Rect-spring and three successfully treated cases.
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Keywords: ECTOPIC ERUPTION; MOLAR UPRIGHTING; SEPARATING SPRING

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea 2: Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. [email protected]

Publication date: November 1, 2014

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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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