2012 Joint AAO-AAPD Conference - 3D for You and Me: How to use Cone Beam Images for Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in the Mixed Dentition/The Use of the Diode Laser in Contemporary Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
3D for You and Me: How to use Cone Beam Images for Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in the Mixed Dentition
This presentation describes the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) method for differential diagnosis of dental and skeletal relationships in three dimensions. The CWRU method allows treatment plans to be developed to address specific elements of the mixed dentition patient's malocclusion. Specific attention will be paid to location of supernumerary teeth, designing mechanics for impacted teeth, airway considerations, normal angulations of teeth in the buccolingual dimension and the use of CBCT data to improve our diagnosis of maxillary transverse deficiency.
What is the normal buccolingual angulation of the upper first and lower first molars?
What is the normal intermolar angle?
What are the most common dental compensations seen with maxillary transverse deficiency?
The Use of the Diode Laser in Contemporary Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
Laser technology has emerged over the past several years to become a vital tool for raising the standard of care provided to patients by many dental professionals. In orthodontics, it offers a conservative way to manage soft tissue issues that can impede efficient orthodontic treatment, along with the ability to reshape gingival soft tissues for dramatic improvement in the area of esthetic finishing. This advanced laser technology is significantly and efficiently improving the design, health and overall appearance of the smile for patients who seek orthodontic treatment. Also evolving is an increased use of this technology in pediatric dentistry with several applications. This session will use case studies to demonstrate the most current and innovative uses of the soft tissue laser in orthodontic smile design, esthetic finishing and altered tooth eruption. We will also examine innovative ways to manage soft tissue in pediatric dentistry from restorative dentistry to trauma management.
This seminar will highlight the benefits as well as the limitations associated with contemporary and evolving uses of the diode laser in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry.
Proper clinical protocol associated with the used of the diode laser will be discussed.
Case studies will be used to demonstrate how the laser can be used to facilitate treatment efficiency and esthetic finishing in orthodontics.
Attendees will examine evolving uses of the laser in pediatric dentistry with a unique look at how this technology is being used in restorative dentistry and trauma management when access is critical.