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Clinical Case

Opening or closing space for replacing upper incisors. Two case reports

2010, Volumen 40, Número 3
Rahman Showkatbakhsh, Abdolreza Jamilian
Profesor asociado. Departamento de Ortodoncia. Director de la residencia de Cirugía Ortognática. Universidad Shahid Beheshti. Teherán, Irán

Aim. Maxillary anterior teeth loss may cause esthetic and functional problems for the patients. Implant restorations have become a routine treatment for the replacement of missing incisors. However, successful treatment for such situations may necessitate a minimally invasive technique. The purpose of these two case reports was to compare the outcome of implant insertion with that of space closure in two patients. Materials and methods. These case reports describe two patients who lost their maxillary right central incisors due to trauma. The first patient was treated with implant insertion; however, the second one was treated with space closure. Result and conclusion. The first patient returned with some esthetic complaints after twenty years; however, a favorable outcome was achieved in the second case.  (Rev Esp Ortod. 2010;40(3):181-185)

Key words:
Missing maxillary incisor. Implant. Orthodontic space closure.
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