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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 51-52

An Interprofessional Interaction Between Orthodontic and Endodontic/Restorative Treatments

Departments of Orthodontics, and, Endodontics, School of Dentistry, Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran

Date of Web Publication13-Jul-2018

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Mahmood R. K Motamedi
Arghavanieh Blvd., Isfahan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan 81551-39998
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DOI: 10.4103/denthyp.denthyp_9_18

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Dear Editor,

The extraction of permanent teeth for orthodontic reasons has remained a debatable and challenging topic over decades. Although due to conservative concepts the rate of such extractions is decreasing,[1],[2],[3] in some cases there is no other option. In such cases, the most frequent candidate for extraction is the first premolar, and in particular situations, the clinician may decide to extract the second premolar instead.[3]

Suppose that a patient comes to you for receiving orthodontic treatment; after analyzing the clinical and paraclinical documents, you come to the conclusion that there is no way but extraction of four premolars. But you see the patient has recently received endodontic or vast restorative treatments on the teeth candidate for extraction; what a waste! Too much of expense and maybe time-consuming treatments are now sentenced to death! The ethical point here is that the previous dentist should have referred the patient for an orthodontic consultation prior to drilling the teeth. Within the past 38 years of my professional orthodontic practice, I have faced several such cases.

Recently, a young lady presented to our office with the chief complaint of gummy smile and bimaxillary dental protrusion. After analyzing her diagnostic records, the four first premolars were considered to be extracted based on the orthodontic treatment plan. However, the left upper and lower first premolars (teeth #24 and #34) had previous endodontic and restorative/prosthodontic treatments and now they are candidate for being extracted [Figure 1]. On the opposite arch side, the fixed partial prostheses were also modified [Figure 1]. All of the abovementioned previous treatments were unnecessary and could have been prevented (compare [Figure 1]a with [Figure 1]b).
Figure 1: (a) Primary panoramic radiograph of the patient; (b) radiograph of the same patient close to the final stage of orthodontic treatment. Note that teeth #24, 34, and 44 and pontics #14 and 46 are removed. All of the wisdom teeth are extracted except tooth 48 which is saved for creating an intact dental arch. The treatment is in progress to line up the lower midline

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To prevent such unpleasant happenings and probable legal disputes, the authors suggest that prior to rendering any endodontic or restorative treatment on premolars, especially in young patients with crowded or protruded dentition, dentists refer the patient for an orthodontic consultation. If such patient needs a rapid root canal treatment due to the acute symptoms, the dentist can plan for a two-visit endodontic treatment and refer the patient for consultation between the visits.

As a dentist, we all have to evaluate every aspect of a quality dental treatment; this goal can be achieved through a teamwork between dentists of different specialties. Interprofessional education should be further put into practice during dental education programs.[4],[5]

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Dardengo CS, Fernandes LQ, Capelli Júnior J. Frequency of orthodontic extraction. Dent Press J Orthod 2016;21:54-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
Jackson TH, Guez C, Lin F-C, Proffit WR, Ko C-C. Extraction frequencies at a university orthodontic clinic in the 21st century: Demographic and diagnostic factors affecting the likelihood of extraction. Am J Orthod Dentofac Orthop 2017;151:456-62.  Back to cited text no. 2
Janson G, Maria FR, Bombonatti R. Frequency evaluation of different extraction protocols in orthodontic treatment during 35 years. Prog Orthod 2014;15:51.  Back to cited text no. 3
Joseph S, Diack L, Garton F, Haxton J. Interprofessional education in practice. Clin Teach 2012;9:27-31.  Back to cited text no. 4
Wilder RS, O’Donnell JA, Barry JM, Galli DM, Hakim FF, Holyfield LJ et al. Is dentistry at risk? A case for interprofessional education. J Dent Educ 2008;72:1231-7.  Back to cited text no. 5


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