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Surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion: An outpatient technique with long-term stability

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Journal
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
0278-2391
Publisher
Elsevier
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Volume
50
Issue
2
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DOI: 10.1016/0278-2391(92)90352-z

Abstract

Abstract This study presents the results of surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion done on an outpatient basis in 19 patients with a mean age of 30 years. Postsurgical and postorthodontic evaluation (mean, 2.4 years) showed a mean relapse rate of 8.8% in the canine region, 1% in the premolar region, and 7.7% in the molar region. These results show that the surgical procedure is feasible on an outpatient basis and the technique, as outlined, yields a stable long-term result.

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