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2017 Annual Session Conference

AS17B64B - Orthodontic Failures: Oversight, Under-treatment, or Communication Breakdown?

‐ Apr 25, 2017 3:00pm

Orthodontists have become an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. In fact, today many of the patients that are referred to the orthodontist are adults, who require comprehensive restorative dentistry. We provide the foundation necessary for our restorative colleagues to build their restorative houses.

In most of these cases, patients return to their restorative dentists after orthodontic treatment with ideal tooth position and a well-interdigitated occlusion that makes any future restorative work much more predictable. However, occasionally a patient returns from the orthodontist with less than ideal tooth position and a marginal occlusal result, which can significantly complicate the plans and outcomes of the restorative dentist. Why? Is this simply an oversight by a typically “good” orthodontist?, incomplete treatment by perhaps a “disinterested” orthodontist?, or is it the result of poor communication within the team?

Dr. Kokich will answer these questions, while emphasizing the importance of planning, communication, and proper sequencing when treating the complex orthodontic patient.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify different examples of orthodontic failures.
  • Overcome specific types of orthodontic failures.
  • Avoid common interdisciplinary failures.


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