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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-10

Techniques to measure miniscrew implant stability

1 Private Practice in Orthodontics, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Orthodontics, Erciyes University, College of Dentistry, Kayseri, Turkey

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«aglar Sakin
Private Practice in Orthodontics, Phd, Ankara
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The use of miniscrews for anchorage control during orthodontic treatment has the potential to improve the treatment of certain types of malocclusions. However, miniscrew failures will greatly influence the efficiency and efficacy of treatment. Having a better understanding of the healing process that occurs around miniscrew implants will provide valuable information that could enhance the predictability of their use. There are several methods to evaluate the stability. These fall into two main groups, which are invasive techniques and non-invasive techniques. The non-invasive measurement technique, resonance frequency analysis, holds great promise for the clinical evaluation of miniscrew implant stability. It may be used to evaluate the transition from primary to secondary stability, producing a better understanding of the time periods that are high risk for screw failure. The technique also provides a method to determine the effect that a modification of the placement protocol of miniscrew implants might have on the transition from primary to secondary stability. On that basis, this review will cover the methods to evaluate miniscrew implant stability longitudinally, both in vitro and in vivo.

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