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Original Article

The link between craniofacial growth and growth of the alveolar process. The dentoalveolar compensatory mechanism

2015, Volumen 45, Número 4
Karin Binner Becktor
Especialista en Ortodoncia. Clínica privada. Copenhague

Individual variation in amount and direction of growth of the cranial base, the mandible, and the maxilla can be large, and the co-ordination between these components is not always perfect. Therefore, some mechanism is needed to direct tooth eruption in order for a normal occlusion between the maxillary and mandibular dentition to be achieved and maintained. The mechanism is termed the Dento Alveolar Compensatory Mechanism (DACM) and can be defined as a system that attempts to maintain normal occlusion when the skeletal growth of the maxilla and mandible is deviating. In this manner the maxillary and mandibular arches can be considered as a flexible ribbon, adapting to the varying jaw relationship and thereby trying to maintain a normal relationship between the arches.  (Rev Esp Ortod. 2015;45(4):211-216)

Key words:
Alveolar process. Dento Alveolar Compensatory Mechanism. Compensatory mechanism. Craniofacial growth.
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