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Every tooth needs a healthy band of keratinized tissue – An ode to Dr. Robert Slick Vanarsdall

2018, Volumen 48, Número 3
William M. Northway
Private Practice, Traverse City, Michigan, USA

The purpose of this article is to honor Dr. Robert “Slick” Vanarsdall who led the effort to make orthodontists incorporate periodontal principles into their daily treatment regimen. Use was made of the available literature to cull the concept of “biotype” so as to compare its value with more traditional tools and concepts that have guided the interaction between orthodontics and the periodontium. Three cases are presented; the first case is a 9 years old whose central incisor had developed labial to its neighboring teeth, beyond the normal trajectory of the dental arch. The second case involves the decision to correct conspicuous recession through connective tissue grafting or orthodontics, and the final case involves the correction of advanced recession in a 65-year-old man. Not only were traditional treatment concepts employed but each of these cases is judged not by the technology of cone beam computerized technology but by the vintage scale of time. The author wishes he had had more time to share and learn from Slick.  (Rev Esp Ortod. 2018;48(3):138-142)

Key words:
Keratinized tissue. Placing roots more onto bone (labial intrusion). Gingival thickness. Gingival biotype.
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