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Microdamage in cortical bone due to the overtightening of orthodontic microscrews.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of orofacial orthopedics = Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie : Organ/official journal Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kieferorthopädie
Publication Date
Volume
69
Issue
2
Pages
121–134
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00056-008-0742-5
PMID: 18385958
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

We demonstrate that there was more microstructural damage in cortical bone due to overtightening through deep insertion of orthodontic microscrews than occurred at the lower insertion depth. Extensive osseous microdamage may detract from the stability of immediately-loaded microscrews and implants due to the bone-remodeling processes initiated by microdamage. The subject of just how serious this potential risk is should be addressed in future studies.

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