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Dent Traumatol. 2009 Apr;25(2):238-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2008.00740.x.

New method of temporary rehabilitation after traumatic tooth loss in a juvenile patient: a case report.

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We report a 12-year-old female patient who had experienced traumatic loss of one of her permanent central incisors. In the course of interdisciplinary treatment, the gap in the front teeth was filled with a prosthetic plastic tooth fastened to an orthodontic palatal implant by means of a wire extension (stainless steel 1.2 mm; laser-welded). A palatal implant is a temporary orthodontic anchorage device which, in contrast to a conventional single tooth implant, is not inserted in the toothless alveolar bone but in the palatal region to permit unhindered maxillary growth. The advantages of this treatment compared with traditional treatment options are that it permits secure fixation, adjustment to vertical growth and good hygiene. Besides, it is an economical treatment modality, can be used as anchorage in conjunction with orthodontic treatment and provides good comfort, esthetics and phonetics.

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