Few studies have been conducted with human participants to investigate the effect of orthodontic treatment on alveolar bone density around teeth. Our previous study revealed that patients who received 6 months of active orthodontic treatment showed a ~ 24% decrease in alveolar bone density around their teeth. Orthodontic movement is known to be an accelerating factor in bone loss if there is periodontal disease. From the perspective of general orthodontic treatment, comparison of T0 and T2 scans revealed that bone density around the teeth was relatively constant (a reduction of only 0.75 ± 19.85%).
Unfortunately, it is difficult to identify tooth loosening and bone loss while teeth are supported by braces and, therefore, it is often the case that it is not until the braces are removed that the full magnitude of the problem becomes apparent. Although mild to moderate bone loss doesn't necessarily eliminate the possibility of wearing braces, it can affect treatment. Therefore, it is vital to ensure that the periodontal condition is stabilized, before starting orthodontic intervention. You suffered progressive bone loss as a result of your orthodontist performing orthodontic treatment in the presence of untreated periodontal disease.
Orthodontics is a popular form of dentistry because the treatment allows dentists to address alignment issues and create a straight smile that works comfortably. If you have bone loss in your jaw, treatment will largely depend on what is causing it, and your dentist is best positioned to help you determine the source of the abnormal resorption. When orthodontists realign teeth with braces, clear aligners, or other devices, resorption and ossification are what allow the teeth to move and strengthen in a new position. The purpose of this study was to evaluate changes in bone density around teeth before, during and after orthodontic treatment.
We'll tell you what causes this imbalance and weakening of your jaw and how you can work with your dentist to find treatment that will keep you smiling. Hodges and his periodontist or dentist during orthodontic treatment to ensure that periodontal disease is kept under control. While it's important for patients to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent gum disease, treating orthodontists should also care for their patients. In many cases, these patients have longed for a straighter smile and are eager to receive orthodontic treatment that was neglected in their childhood.
If you are concerned that orthodontic treatment has led to problems with bone loss or gum disease, or that your orthodontist has not treated your periodontal disease before starting orthodontic treatment, contact a member of the dental malpractice team who can offer you legal services independent advice.