This case report illustrates a nonsurgical treatment plan using a miniscrew-assisted rapid palatal expander (MARPE) in a 50-year-old patient with maxillary transverse deficiency. The MARPE appliance consisted of a conventional Hyrax expander anchored to 4 orthodontic miniscrews. The exact locations of the miniscrews were determined with virtual planning software. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans were superimposed on the maxillary digital model, and 3-dimensional-printed surgical guides were used to accurately position the mini-implants. A slow expansion protocol was used, and the appliance was held in place during the entire treatment (almost 20 months). Pretreatment, postexpansion, and posttreatment CBCT scans show the parallel expansion obtained without dental torque compensation or bite opening. The posttreatment scan showed that a long period is required to complete the midpalatal suture mineralization. MARPE has proven effective in correcting transverse discrepancies, even in adults. However, posttreatment CBCT imaging showed incomplete ossification of the midpalatal suture, demonstrating that the retention period should be extended in some adult patients.

Skeletal expansion using a miniscrew-assisted rapid palatal expansion in a 50-year-old patient

Ceschi M.
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Riatti R.;Di Leonardo B.;Contardo L.
2022-01-01

Abstract

This case report illustrates a nonsurgical treatment plan using a miniscrew-assisted rapid palatal expander (MARPE) in a 50-year-old patient with maxillary transverse deficiency. The MARPE appliance consisted of a conventional Hyrax expander anchored to 4 orthodontic miniscrews. The exact locations of the miniscrews were determined with virtual planning software. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans were superimposed on the maxillary digital model, and 3-dimensional-printed surgical guides were used to accurately position the mini-implants. A slow expansion protocol was used, and the appliance was held in place during the entire treatment (almost 20 months). Pretreatment, postexpansion, and posttreatment CBCT scans show the parallel expansion obtained without dental torque compensation or bite opening. The posttreatment scan showed that a long period is required to complete the midpalatal suture mineralization. MARPE has proven effective in correcting transverse discrepancies, even in adults. However, posttreatment CBCT imaging showed incomplete ossification of the midpalatal suture, demonstrating that the retention period should be extended in some adult patients.
2022
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