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Oral Surgery Mohamed Rafik Cherif DDS & Postgraduate Student, departement of Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Sahloul Hospital, University of Monastir, Tunisia

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Decision-making factors for optimized management of Root fractures in the apical third: About two clinical cases Abstract Root fractures are among the most complex emergency consultation in our practice; they may involve the cervical, middle or apical third of the root. The survival prognosis of the tooth will depend on 3 types of factors referred as pre-traumatic, traumatic and treatment factors by Andreason et al. 1, 2. In this article, we focused on root fractures of

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Key words: Trauma, tooth, fracture, apical third, decision making

Introduction Root fractures are complex traumatic injury, affecting both hard dental tissues, periodontal and pulpal tissues 3, 4. This type of fracture is rare, between 0.5 to 7% of cases of trauma 3, 5, 6 and occurs most often following a violent shock during an assault, a traffic accident or during sports activities 7. Male patients between the ages of 11 and 20 years old are the most affected 6, 8. The most concerned teeth are mainly the upper central incisors (68%) and the lateral ones (27%) 3. The incidence of radicular fracture of the apical third is 34% compared to 57% in the middle third and 9% in the cervical third 6. The diagnosis may not be straight forward, as clinical signs may be similar to other types of dental trauma, the coronal fragment can be mobile or even displaced


the apical third in order to present the difficulties of their management and to propose a decision making diagram regarding the best course of treatment management, based on the best scientific evidence available and the illustration of two clinical cases.

mimicking a sub-luxation or luxation respectively. Very often the coronal fragment remains un-displaced with a slight mobility and tender to percussion mimicking a periodontal contusion. Sensitivity tests may give a negative result initially indicating a transient or permanent nerve damage 9. The diagnosis of radicular fractures of the apical third is essentially based on radiological evaluation. The fracture line is oriented obliquely in the apical-third and middle-third of the root 5 Therefore, these fractures are normally visible only when the central beam is directed in a maximum range of 15 to 20 ° of the fracture plane. Any deviation would show the fracture line as an ellipsoid 10. It is advised that in addition to the conventional periapical radiograph, two additional September 2018

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periapical radiographs should be exposed with a positive and negative angulations of 15° to fracture plane 5. Nowadays, technological advances such 3-D imaging via CBCT (Cone Beam Computed tomography), have made a significant contribution to the diagnosis and the precise localization of the root fracture line. Particularly, with 3-D image reconstruction that avoid the overlapping of anatomical structures, thus pushing the limits of conventional 2D imaging. The treatment will consist essentially in repositioning the coronal fragment when it is displaced, splinting the tooth for 2 to 4 weeks and establishing regular follow-ups schedule. The aim of this article is to expose the factors influencing the therapeutic decision-making and prognosis of radicular fractures healing of the apical third in order to put a treatment plan that can be adjusted according to the clinical situation and its evolution during follow-ups. We will review the factors that modulated our thought process in the management of two clinical cases, and finally we will present a summary diagram for decision-making based on a literature review. According to the work of Andresen et al 1, three types of factors must be taken into account before taking care of a root fracture and establishing a prognosis: (Fig 3)

1. Pre-traumatic factors • The young age of the patient and the root immaturity of the tooth, are the guarantors of a considerable blood

supply containing multi-potent stem cells, immune cells, and growth factors, which favors pulpal and hard tissue healing at the fracture line. This correlation has been widely established in previous studies 11, 12 • The periodontal status is a key factor, as periodontal pocket may cause a communication with the oral cavity exposing the fracture line to bacterial contamination and therefore the tooth is left with a poor prognosis 10. For this factor to be relevant in a root fracture of apical third, probing depth would have to exceed 6 mm.

2. Traumatic factors • The mobility and dislocation of the coronal fragment are conditioned by the severity of the trauma and are the determinant of associated periodontal trauma such as sub-luxation or luxation of the coronal fragment 13. Indeed, a study evaluating the survival prognosis of dislocated permanent teeth has shown that pulpal necrosis was observed in 15% to 55% of subluxation and extrusion cases, respectively 14. On the other hand, if the coronal fragment is not displaced there is not therapeutic interest in splint placement. • A positive response to pulp sensitivity tests with thermal stimuli during the first consultation would indicate the integrity of the neurovascular system. This sensitivity has been strongly correlated with the increased chances of pulpal healing and healing with interposition hard tissue 11.

Figure 3: Pulp and hard tissue healing factors


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3. Treatment factors • The delay of consultation and treatment of a few hours to a few days does not seem to influence the type of healing compared to immediate management 15, 2. • Adequate repositioning: The chances of pulp healing and hard tissue interposition healing increase significantly, if repositioning of the coronary fragment is optimal for an initial displacement that does not exceed 1mm 2 • The type of splint influences significantly the type of healing pattern observed. A non-traumatic flexible splint is more in favor of pulp healing and hard tissue interposition healing than rigid splint 2. • A period of contention longer than 4 weeks has no therapeutic value. 2

Clinical cases 1st case: horizontal fracture of the apical third A 49-year-old patient, with non-contributing medical history, reported to the department of conservative dentistry and endodontics of Sahloul state hospital, Sousse, Tunisia, following a trauma on tooth #11 and #21. Clinically the two teeth were mobile and tender to percussion with a 2 mm extrusion of tooth #11, sensitivity test was negative for #11 and positive for #21, and periodontal probing was within normal depth. Also the patient presented a dysfunctional swallowing pattern. The preoperative radiograph (Fig. 1- a) showed, a simple complete and horizontal root fracture at the apical third of # 11 and a widening of the periodontal ligament space of # 21. The treatment plan was manual repositioning of the coronal fragment which was confirmed clinically by cervical margin and incisal edges alignment and radiologically by coaptation of the two fragments), followed by the placement of a semi-rigid splint for 2 weeks, removal of any occlusal interference with a diamond bur. Immediate root canal therapy (RCT) was performed on the coronal fragment (Fig. 1-b). retro alveolar Radiography Control at 6 months (Fig. 1 -c) shows a healing pattern by the interposition of a connective tissue as described by Andreason and Hjorting-Hansen 1, 11 rounding of edges at the mesial and/or distal aspects of the fracture with no radiolucency near the fracture line. Clinical signs regressed with the persistence of a slight tenderness to percussion and mobility and periodontal probing was within normal depth. Meanwhile, tooth #21 has become negative to cold testing one month later and RCT was initiated.


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Figure 1: A, Retro-alveolar radiography showing a horizontal root fracture in the apical third. B, postoperative retro alveolar radiograph. C, Retro-control alveolar radiograph at 6 months showing a healing pattern by the interposition of a connective tissue with rounded edges at the mesial and distal aspects of the fracture.

2nd case: Oblique root fracture of the apical third A 20 years old patient, consulting for intermittent and spontaneous pain regarding tooth # 21 with a history of trauma 5 years ago. The tooth was tender to percussion and presented a productive fistula. A preoperative retro-alveolar X-ray with a tracking gutta point (Fig. 2-A) showed a simple, oblique and complete apical root fracture at the apical third, an old filling, and radiolucency at the fracture line level and the apical fragment. The origin of the fistula was traced back to the level of the fracture line. This is a complication of the initial treatment

by interposition of a granuloma associated to pulpal necrosis of the apical fragment. Non-surgical endodontic retreatment was performed with an apexification of the coronal fragment by a plug of Biodentine ™ which filled the entire canal lumen, followed by surgical removal of the apical fragment, and thorough debridement of necrotic tissue (Fig 2-B, C). Retro alveolar Control x-ray at 18 months (Fig 2-D) showed complete bone healing. Clinically the tooth was asymptomatic and functional.

Figure 2: A, preoperative retro-alveolar radiography with a locating cone tracing the origin of the fistula to the fracture line at the apical third with bone resorption. B, surgical time; Elimination of the apical fragment and debridement of granulation tissue. C, Postoperative retro-alveolar radiography. D, Control X-ray at 18 months showing complete bone healing.


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Discussion Dental trauma is a real challenge, precise diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan with regular monitoring are key elements for a favorable prognosis. 17 In the two presented cases, we opted for decisions that we considered the most appropriate, taking into account the different factors and their influence on the final prognosis. For the first case, the coronal fragment was mobile and displaced so it was manually replaced and a flexible splint was placed to allow the healing and reorganization of the periodontal 4 According to the 2012 International Association of Dental Traumatology (IADT) recommendations 9 the cold sensitivity test on a traumatized tooth even in the event of a root fracture can be a false negative up to 3 months and should not indicate immediate endodontic treatment. The period of splinting should not exceed 2 to 3 weeks. A minimum follow-up period of one year is necessary. But in our case the age of the patient, complete root edification, the extent of coronal fragment displacement (2 mm) predicted low blood supply and therefore a low repair potential. In addition, the dysfunctional swallowing pattern (tongue taking support on the palatal side upper incisors), would have resulted in the persistence of chronic irritation of the pulp at the level of the fracture line. It is by taking into consideration these factors mentioned that the risk of necrosis was considered high and RCT of the coronal fragment was decided from the outset. The apical fragment retains its vitality in most cases thanks to the neurovascular bundle from the apex and does not require intervention. But regular monitoring is required 4, 9, 18 For the second case: • Fracture line was oblique so the apical end of the coronal fragment was oval and very large, making the reading of the working length and the fitting of gutta cone difficult. This could explain the failure of the initial endodontic treatment performed by the General practitioner who made a conventional gutta filling by cold lateral condensation. • Concerns can be raised about the conditions that RCT was carried out: asepsis conditions, use of the dam or not, irrigation protocol used and the density of the canal filling.

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Non-surgical endodontic retreatment was decided followed by removal of the apical fragment. The coronal fragment was treated as a non-vital immature permanent tooth. An apical barrier with a bioactive material was placed, we chose Biodentine™ (Septodont, Saint Maur des Fosses, France) which has an apical sealing ability comparable to mineal trioxide aggregate (MTA) at any apical plug thickness (19).

Also better handling proprieties than MTA as it is presented in pre-dosed capsule with 12 min setting time. In conclusion we present a diagram that sums up the decision making process in the management of fracture in apical third:

Figure 4: Decision making diagram for management of apical third root fracture


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A Case Report of Dental Abscess Affecting Facial Skin Introduction Dental abscess is frequently found in oral cavity 1. It is frequently related with badly treated carious tooth and poor oral hygiene. Dental caries and pulp necrosis often ended in extending the infections to alveolar bone and sometimes involving the outer layer of the face (sinus) 1-9. This facial sinus orifice cannot be distinguished easily in its origin, confusing the medical team 2-9. A fistula is an abnormal pathway between 2 anatomic spaces or a pathway that leads from an internal cavity or organ to the surface of the body. A sinus tract is an abnormal channel that originates or ends in one opening. An orofacial fistula is a pathologic communication between the cutaneous surface of the face and the oral cavity. In the literature, the terms fistulas and sinuses are often used interchangeably. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines a sinus as a fistula or tract leading to a suppurating cavity. Orofacial fistulas are not common, but intraoral sinus tracts due to dental infections are common. When infection or neoplasia is involved, immediate treatment is necessary. Dental infections, salivary gland lesions, neoplasms, and developmental lesions cause oral cutaneous fistulas, fistulas of the neck, and intraoral fistulas.2, 3, 5


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Chronic dental periapical infections cause the most common intraoral and extraoral fistulas. These dental periapical infections might cause chronic osteomyelitis, cellulitis, and rarly facial abscesses. Infection can spread to the skin when it is the path of least resistance then causing cutaneous fistulas. One case report 2 reviewed this occurrence from a periapical infection from the right central mandibular incisor, which drained to the patient’s chin. Because the tooth could not be restored, it was extracted, which resolved the lesion. Another case with cutaneous manifestations involved a 44-year-old woman with a draining lesion to the skin just lateral to the nasofacial sulcus. Oral antibiotics did not help treating the lesion. The patient had bad oral hygiene, and two periapical radiolucencies of the maxillary right lateral incisor and canine were observed. The teeth were extracted, which resolved the lesion. Sheehan et al emphasized on the importance of a dental examination and radiographs to rule out infection of dental origin to the cutaneous face or neck. This case study showed three cases of intra-oral abscess extending through the bone and facial skin.

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Case 1 A 20-year-old Yemeni patient visited many doctors only when the abscess came out from her face. Drainage and curettage has been performed by General Physicians as well as laser cauterization by Dermatologist. Lately, it was suspected that it might be of dental origin. The patient was referred to Dental Department. Root canal treatment on upper right first molar has initially been done 3 years ago (2010) but it is not completed. Therefore, she suffered from chronic periapical abscess in which intrapulpal drainage has been made with antibiotics for several times and left open with no further treatment. During the examination it was noticed that the abscess extended to the face and was drained through infraorbital skin area. (pic 1) Radiographical examination were done by orthopantogram and periapical parallel technique inserting the gutta percha cone inside the facial orifice of the sinus andtrackFig. 1

Figure 1: The facial lesion showing the pus and then the irrigation solution coming out of the facial lesion

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ing the origin of it. These revealed the presence of this abscess and its relation to the suspected tooth. A case has been discussed fully to the patient, as well as the poor prognosis of the tooth treatment. Full root canal therapy preparation and obturation using protaper system was done through three visits of 10 days interval and under antibiotic coverage of Doxycycline capsule 150 mg twice a day orally systematically. The same antibiotic tablets (3 tabs) were crashed into a chlorohexidine mouthwash and used as irrigant for the root canals along the procedures. (pic 2) The case has been observed for three months (pic 3, 4), six months (pic 5) and one year without any complaints. The tooth is finally restored with a ceramic crown. The outer scar of the sinus was treated by laser and it is nearly disappeared.

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Case 2 A 22-year-old Pakistani female patient was complaining of recurrent excised skin infection at the neck with purulent discharge from the corner of the mandible. She went to medical physicians many times and ended by surgical excision of the granulation tissue at the neck with many courses of antibiotic with no use.

the outer neck skin lesion revealing that its origin is related to the root of lower left 6 (LL 6) which is found badly carious, infected and poor prognosis(PIC 6,7&8). The same method of treatment in case 1 was followed. The skin lesion has subsided and disappeared, leaving a light scar (pic 9-14).

She attended the facility of Qatar Armed Forces where she was referred to Dental Department for consultation. Full oral examination was carried out, x-ray views using an old technique of inserting gutta percha cone inside

Evaluation for the case were made for one, three months, six months and a year with progressive success. The patient refused to do laser treatment to remove the scar as lesion become shallow and not recognizable.

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Figure 6: Pre-operative OPG showing LL 6 with active and extended periapical lesion

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Figure 8: The finished treated tooth

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Figure 9: The tooth when oburated. Figures 7 (A, B, C, D): Photograph showing the clinical features of the facial lesion and the oral status of the affected tooth.


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Case 3 A Pakistani female (62 years old) patient had been referred from dermatology clinic suffering from discharging nodule on the right lower nasiolabial fold since more than two months. She took many courses of antibiotics and surface lozenges with no benefits. Patient is diabetic as well as hypertensive and controlled medically. Oral and dental examination was carried using clinical and radiological investigations, she was wearing a complete fixed prostheses from molar to molar. A (GP) point inserted inside the facial nodule shows clearly that the nodule is related to the apical abscess of the RCF routine.

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Figure 10: The case after 3 months

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Work was made through the prostheses to clear the pathological tissue. It was shown during the irrigation procedure of RCF , the solution comes out of the nodule sinus. fucidine cream to cover the facial sinus. Irrigation was made by Doxicycline capsule solved in 500 ml of Saline. The patient kept monitoring and irrigated every week, for 3 weeks, the facial sinus completely closed, the radioapacity of the periapical area of the specified tooth reduced to minimum, and obturation is done by Gutta Perchas as routine. The patient followed up to after 2 -3 months until successful healing of facial sinus.

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Figure 11: The case after 6 months

Figure 12: The case after 12 months

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Figure 13 (A, B): Clinical appearance and orthopantogram for the case. Note the irregation fluid coming out of the lesion.


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Figure 14 (A-C): The endo treat finished.

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Figure 15 (A, B): The case finished, followup after 21 days (a) 1 month and (b) 2 months.

Conclusion Some neck or face lesion might confused the physicians in its origin especially if it is dentally involved. A good teamwork treatment is essential to discover such as lesion and even in the treatment to finalize the case properly by cosmetic dermatological treatment using


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Acknowledgments The assistance of Associate Professor Hedley Coleman, Senior Staff Specialist, Tissue Pathology & Diagnostic Oncology, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia, and Dr Peter Cropley, Anatomical Pathologist, Laverty Pathology, 60 Waterloo Road, North Ryde NSW 2113, Australia, in establishing the pathological diagnosis is acknowledged.





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Benjamin Pliska, DDS, MS, FRCD(C) Assistant professor, faculty of dentistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Adherence to Treatment with Removable Oral Appliances: the Past and the Future Abstract Oral appliances (OAs) are frequently used in orthodontics and for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Because OAs can be inserted and removed by patients themselves, the patient’s cooperation is a major component of effective treatment. In this review, we provide an overview of factors studied in the past that affect adherence to OA use in orthodontics and dental sleep medicine. We also describe future directions in adherence and the use of objective microsensor technology to measure adherence in these patients.

Introduction Because removable oral appliances (OAs) can be inserted and removed by patients themselves, their cooperation and adherence to therapy are necessary to achieve success. 1,2


Removable OAs, such as headgear, removable retainers and functional appliances, are used in orthodontics to correct malocclusions. In the field of sleep medicine, removable OAs are increasingly used as an option in the treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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The gold standard for the treatment of moderate to severe OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP); however, adherence to this

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treatment has been found to be limited. 3-5 Removable OAs, which reduce upper airway collapse by advancing the mandible, have emerged as a non-invasive treatment option for patients with OSA. These devices are similar in design to functional appliances used commonly for growth modification in orthodontics. They can be inserted and removed by patients, thus, placing responsibility on the patient to follow a prescribed wear schedule. To date, many scientific publications have addressed the issue of adherence to treatment in orthodontics and dental sleep medicine to determine how to improve and monitor patient compliance.3,6-16 However, there is controversy over the factors that might predict adherence, mainly because, in the absence of objective monitors, information has been limited to self-reported use, which is often false or overestimated. 17 Recently, objective compliance monitoring for removable OAs has become available. 18,19 In this article, we present an overview of the factors that affect adherence to treatment in both orthodontics and sleep medicine. In addition, we review the use of objective microsensor technology to measure adherence in patients using removable OAs. 17 September 2018

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Determinants of Adherence Factors that are thought to be related to patient compliance and cooperation during therapy with removable OAs in orthodontics and dental sleep medicine include gender, age, socioeconomic status, psychosocial aspects, patient’s family and partner and the interaction between the dentist or physician and the patient. 15,20 This multifaceted system leads to complex interactions in which each individual component as well as the interplay of factors should be studied. 15, 16

Gender Patient gender is a factor commonly cited as a predictor of adherence to orthodontic treatment. Some reports suggest better adherence among female compared with male patients. 21-24 Girls tend to take a more responsible attitude toward orthodontic therapy as they mature earlier than boys. 23 On the other hand, more recent reports have failed to show gender as a significant factor in predicting adherence. 6,22,25-30 Previous findings relied on subjective measures of adherence, such as orthodontists’ judgement, which may be more a reflection of social and gender stereotypes than a valid correlation. 6 Studies using objective measures of adherence during orthodontic treatment, such as electronic sensors, have found no difference in overall wear time between genders. 6,25,29,30 Although many studies in orthodontics have examined these issues, the correlation between gender and adherence has not been thoroughly assessed in OA treatment for OSA. However, long-term discontinuation of this therapy has not been found to be different between genders. 31, 32

Age Age is also often considered to be an influential factor in adherence to orthodontic therapy. 33 Although some studies have found greater cooperation among younger patients (< 12 years), 6,7,9,28,34-37 others have found no difference. 7,22,25-27,30,38 The variation in reports on the effect of age on adherence may be confounded by variations in children’s individual psychological maturation. Teenage years are often associat-ed with decreased parental influences and cooperation. 7,36,37 Orthodontic studies focus on children, whereas OA therapy for OSA is mainly studied in adults. Although discontinuation of long-term OA therapy by OSA patients has not been found to be dependent on age, the effect of age on OA adherence has yet to be explored in this population. 31,32


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Socioeconomic Status The potential influence of a patient’s socioeconomic status on adherence has been addressed and debated in the literature. Patients with higher socioeconomic status have been shown to be more cooperative orthodontic patients. 7,21 A possible explanation is that higher socioeconomic groups perceive dentofacial appearance to be highly important for social and occupational success. 22,39 On the other hand, another study reported greater adherence among patients from lower middle-class families compared with upper-class families.40 This may be attributed to a greater need for social acceptance, higher social aspiration, better child–parent relationships and greater emphasis on value for money seen in these socioeconomic groups. Some studies also report no difference in patient adherence based on socioeconomic status. 22,38 In sleep medicine, patients with lower socioeconomic status are less likely to accept and commence CPAP therapy. 15,41 Sleeping with a spouse or partner has been found to increase adherence as the partner may provide feedback regarding elimination of symptoms, such as snoring, which may increase CPAP use. 42 Although these factors may be similar in OA therapy, this has not been assessed.

Psychosocial Aspects Considerable attention has been devoted to the examination of personality characteristics as a method to predict patients’ adherence to orthodontic treatment. 1,2,6,22,25,36,43-46 In general, cooperative patients are characterized as enthu-siastic, energetic, outgoing, self-controlled, responsible and hard working. 33 These patients tend to have better grades and show less deviant behaviour in school. 39 In contrast, uncooperative patients are described as hard headed, independent, temperamental, impatient, individualistic and intolerant of prolonged effort. 33 Based on these findings, a patient’s performance in school may serve as a useful tool in determining adherence. However, children who are of below-average intelligence do not necessarily show poor adherence. 39 Studies showing no correlation between person-ality questionnaires and adherence stated that treatment adherence and orthodontic cooperation is not reflective of a simple, single, monotonous dimension of cooperation, but rather a complex and interactive reaction. 25,22,44,46,47 The use of psychological instruments 44,45 to predict adherence has been shown to be useful, but these tools are not used in clinical practice. September 2018


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In sleep medicine, OSA patients who display significantly more hypochondriasis and psychopathic deviation, presents a potentially higher rate of discontinuation and lower compli-ance. More specifically, OSA patients with a so-called type D (“distressed”) personality, defined as a combination of negative affectivity and social inhibition, 48,49 show a signifi-cantly higher discontinuation rate for both CPAP and OA therapy. 50,53

Measurement of Adherence There are several approaches to measuring adherence. In orthodontics, the most common method relies on clinicians’ judgement. Typical clinical methods for estimating wear time of devices, such as headgear and removable OAs, include evaluation of patients’ oral hygiene, condition of the appliance, such as a worn-looking neck strap, mobility of molars, ease of patient use and missing or being late for scheduled orthodontic appointments. 21 Unfortunately, these methods are unreliable. For example, adolescent patients brought to the orthodontist’s office by a parent or guardian reflect the punctuality of the parent, not the patient. 2,6,28,52,53 As well, clinicians’ judgement is often influenced by therapeu-tic outcome. This is problematic because it assumes there is a direct link between the clinical outcome and the patient’s adherence to treatment, which is not necessarily the case. 53 Another way to monitor adherence is through patients’ self-reports: interviews, questionnaires or log records. However,thiscanleadtofalseoroverestimatedcompliance, largely because patients wish to appear more compliant than they actually are. 8,29 The best way to assess compliance is by objective measures. Investigators have attempted to provide timers and micro-sensors to record accurate details of patient compliance, and the technology used in manufacturing these microsensors has been improving over many years.

Extraoral Compliance Timers In 1974, Northcutt 10 described the first extraoral orthodontic headgear with a timing mechanism to measure wear. It worked by simultaneously turning on 2 switches triggered by the pull of the strap and pressure on the back of the neck while the headgear is worn. 10,54,55 Banks et al. 56 found that the Northcutt timer was easily circumvented by the patient placing heavy objects on the pressure switch to activate the timer without actually wearing the headgear.


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In 1991, Cureton et al. 57 described a micro-electronic approach to measuring compliance using a small ladies’ quartz calendar watch with an accuracy level of 99.9% over 20 days of testing. A limitation of such an external headgear timer is that it is bulky and diminishes patient comfort when it is placed in a neck strap. 58 The patient can also circumvent it by just stretching the band and, thereby, falsifying the wear data.52,59 In addition, many of these devices give only a cumulative overall measure of wear time and provide the orthodontist with intermittent headgear wear information and no easily accessible feedback to patients. 6,53,59,60

Intraoral Compliance Timers The ability to monitor intraoral appliance adherence is even more challenging because of the damaging effects of saliva. One of the first methods used was controlled-release glass discs 60 composed of phosphates, borates and trace elements. A disc was fitted onto the surface of an orthodontic appliance and would dissolve in saline solution indicating wear. Problems with this method included disc separation from the appliance because of poor adhesion, surface grinding of the discs leading to fragmentation and dissolving of discs at different rates. 60 More recently, a compliance indicator was introduced for aligner therapy. A food dye (erioglaucine disodium salt) is embedded in the OA and dissolves from the polymer when exposed to oral fluid. 61,62 The clinician and the patient can evaluate 5 potential colour changes (from dark blue to clear) to obtain a graphic representation of wear time and have instant feedback on adherence. However, the rating on a 5-point scale involves subjective judgement and, thus, does not yield an objective wear time. In addition, the results can be easily falsified by patients, as the dye will fade in various aqueous solutions, for example, when left in the mouth while drinking, stored in water, cleaned with tablets containing oxidizing agents or cleaned in a dishwasher. A large variation in degree of fading was found among patients who strictly adhered to the prescribed wear times. 57 In 1990, Sahm et al. 11,63 created a reed-switch, which was embedded into a bionator functional appliance and was activated by a magnet system bonded to the lingual surface of the mandibular first permanent molar. The main problem noted with this device was its bulkiness and patient discomfort. September 2018


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More recently, temperature sensitive microsensors have been used to objectively measure orthodontic OA use. These microsensors record temperature changes, assuming a difference between room and intraoral temperature. Schott and Göz 64 assessed the accuracy of 2 tempera-ture-sensitive microsensors: the Smart Retainer (discontinued production) and the TheraMon microsensor (IFT Handels und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH, Handelsagentur Gschladt, Hargelsberg, Austria) using in vitro testing in a programmable water bath. They reported that the TheraMon microsensor is more accurate, with the Smart Retainer overestimating wear time by 1 h. However, the water bath was programmed to room temperature and oral temperature while not taking into account the time it takes for the water bath to heat or cool. A year later, in vivo testing of the microsensor was conducted by Schott and Göz58 on patients fitted with upper and lower active plates, functional appliances or retention devices. However, they provide only 1 case report of a patient wearing an upper appliance and no statistical analysis of the accuracy of the device. In 2013, Schott et al. 30 published a study examining the adherence rate of patients fitted with retainers or functional appliances during the retention phase of their orthodontic treatment. Although patients were instructed to wear the appliances at least 8 h/day, the median wear time was 7 h/day. The report stated that adherence rates were influenced by age, sex and place of treatment, but these differences were not statistically significant. Using the TheraMon microsensor, Pauls et al. 29 found that orthodontic patients tended to overestimate their OA use by an average of 2.7 h/day. Informing and confronting the patients with their objectively measured OA use led to a more accurate subjective estimation, with an average overestimation of only 0.7 h/day. The first report on intraoral recording of OA compliance during treatment for OSA was published by Lowe et al.65 This ceramic monitor had a memory system and temperature sensor that would monitor wear time based on temperature measured above 31°C. Several problems with this device were reported, including the damaging effect of saliva, heat intolerance of the electronic components and energy consumption over a long period. 65


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Vanderveken et al. 18 were the first to assess the safety and feasibility of the TheraMon microsensor in vivo in dental sleep medicine. In their 3-month prospective clinical trial, they demonstrated that this compliance monitor could be used safely. No adverse effects, including oral burns, lesions or detachment of the microsensor were reported by the participants. Only 1 of 51 sensors was disqualified in this study because of technical problems. Recently, long-term results with the TheraMon microsensor in dental sleep medicine showed relatively high objective OA use on 1-year follow-up. 66 To our knowledge, 3 microsensors that can be integrated into removable OAs for OSA are currently available commercially. These sensors differ in terms of data-recording interval, longevity, form of readout signals, size, weight, storage capacity and availability of a patient station, which permits patients to monitor their own adherence and upload their data remotely. Kirshenblatt et al.67 tested the accuracy of these thermosensitive microsensors in vitro using a water bath (34–37°C) to simulate OA wear time. The TheraMon microsensor was accurate during both short and long durations of simulated OA wear, whereas the AIR AID SLEEP sensor (AIR AID GmbH & Co. KG, Frankfurt, Germany) significantly underestimated OA use during short durations by 3.67 ± 9.34 min./ day, (mean and standard deviation) and the DentiTrac microsensor (Braebon Medical Corporation, Kanata, Canada) overestimated OA use during both short and long durations by 8.34 ± 3.62 min./day and 3.53 ± 2.42 min./day, respectively. However, these under- and overestimations were considered not clinically relevant.

Discussion Adherence to a prescribed treatment modality is of utmost importance in ensuring successful therapy. Lack of adherence can reduce the effectiveness of the best treatment plan and the most promising treatment mecha-nisms.5 This literature review shows that several factors have been thought to affect adherence in the fields of both orthodontics and dental sleep medicine. Studies indicating that adherence may be influenced by gender, age, psychosocial and socioeconomic factors have found wide variation among individuals. 1,25 Other factors may also be found to be important, such as cultural background and severity of

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malocclusion/disease. Although the studies have tried to pinpoint which factors are determinants of patient adherence, this review shows that, in reality, it is difficult and challenging for clinicians to predict which patients will be cooperative. This can be explained by the fact that human behaviour is multifactorial and includes complex interactions in which each individual component, as well as the interplay of factors, should be studied. 15

different treatment modalities, such as CPAP therapy, surgery and oral appliances. For example, in the literature, CPAP therapy and oral appliances have been comparable in terms of mean disease alleviation. 18,71 It has been suggested that the greater efficacy of CPAP therapy is being offset by inferior CPAP adherence compared with OA adherence, possibly resulting in equal effectiveness. 72,73

Another important finding is that patients’ adherence significantly increases when there is some objective feedback or when they are aware of being monitored objectively. 10,34,68,69 Because patients are more motivated to change their behaviour when they know it is being monitored, there is a strong need for and interest in an objective compliance monitor for OA therapy in both orthodontics and dental sleep medicine. The use of such monitors alone may improve adherence.

In orthodontics, objective microsensors will increase the strength of evidence from studies comparing various appliances and retainer designs. Future studies using these monitors may also help identify the most appropriate wear pattern clinicians should be prescribing for the most effective treatment results.

However, the use of such devices is not part of routine daily clinical practice. A major problem with these monitors for removable OAs is accuracy. Besides the technical and functional factors, additional requirements must be met to achieve a high level of product acceptance by patients and health care professionals. Compliance monitors must be safe and small without altering the dimensions of the OA or affecting patients’ comfort; read-outs and monitoring must be easy and fast; and the sensors’ unit price must be reasonable. 70 Microsensors that have recently become available can assist with monitoring patient adherence to orthodontics treatment and OA therapy for patients diagnosed with OSA.19 Such microsensors will give clinicians a better understanding of their patients and will allow them to tailor appointment schedules to best meet patients’ individual treatment needs. These microsensors can be used as a tool to motivate patients. In addition, the availability of objective compliance data will eliminate inconsistencies in patients’ subjective reports if the data prove to be accurate.

Conclusion Removable OAs are frequently used in both orthodontics and the treatment of OSA. Many of the appliances used in orthodontic practice rely on patients wearing the devices as prescribed. Adherence is of utmost importance in ensuring successful treatment. This literature review shows that, although several factors have been thought to affect adherence, human behaviour is complex and open to multifactorial influences. Therefore, there is a strong need for and interest in objective adherence monitors for OA therapy. The availability of such monitors will allow clinicians to track patient adherence, motivate patients and improve research that compares treatment outcomes.

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Orthodontics John Lannon Special projects editor, Orthotown www.henryscheinortho.com.

Embracing ‘Sagittal-First’ Treatment The Carriere Motion 3D Appliance: Revolutionizing Class II and Class III Corrections

Q&A Dr. Luis Carrière Dr. Luis Carrière, who invented the Carriere Self-Ligating Bracket and the Carriere Motion 3D Appliance, lectures internationally on these products as well as other topics. Carrière is a member of the editorial review board for the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and an invited professor at several orthodontic departments throughout the world. He maintains a private practice in Barcelona.


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What features of the Motion 3D Appliance make it so effective?

times for mixed dentition in adolescents and adults.

LC: Its sleek, noninvasive design has allowed it to revolutionize Class II and Class III correction. The appliance attaches to only three teeth, so it’s comfortable and discreet, while it also allows for the use of the progressive “sagittal first” philosophy to correct the AP at the beginning of treatment, when patients are most compliant. It delivers a gentler, more natural force for tooth movement, controlling the movement of the tooth and providing crucial corrections to the bite and tooth alignment, in preparation for treatment with fixed orthodontic appliances such as braces or clear aligners. The appliance provides shorter treatment

How does the appliance fit into Henry Schein Orthodontics’ tenet of airway-friendly orthodontics? LC: The appliance, based on the action of the human hip ball/socket joint, repositions the mandible forward as a unit for those patients who need it, and controls it with built-in stops for direct molar movement to the ideal position. This prevents over-rotations and unwanted tipping and can be an effective means of increasing a patient’s airway. It’s been astounding and exciting to watch the progression of airway-friendly orthoSeptember 2018



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dontics in our industry. Orthodontists everywhere are realizing how they’re able to provide patients with more than just beautiful smiles—they also can provide the opportunity for patients to live healthier, happier lives, which is a strong aspect of HSO’s culture.

How does the appliance time?

shorten treatment

LC: Class II or Class III correction takes place at the beginning of the orthodontic treatment, when there are no competing forces in the mouth caused by brackets or other appliances. This is also when the patient is the most

motivated and compliance is at its highest. Treating to the Class I platform is made simple and usually completed in three to four months. Each Motion 3D Appliance addresses its intended sagittal dimension to reduce the need for extractions or surgery, and also helps reposition the jaws in better relation to one another, balancing the relationship between the nose, upper and lower lips, and chin for facial harmony. Both are biomimetic in function and consist of a small single-part design. This offers patients considerable freedom of movement for significantly greater comfort than traditional AP correctors.

Changing the patient experience for the better

Q&A Dr. John Graham Dr. John Graham is an innovator and educator who lectures internationally to both doctors and orthodontic staff on orthodontic treatment philosophies. He holds faculty appointments at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and the University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Graham sits on the editorial board for Orthotown and is a contributing editor for the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics and a reviewer for Orthodontics: The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement. He lives in Salt Lake City.

The Carriere Motion 3D Appliance fits into the HSO tenets of airway-friendly orthodontics, shorter treatment times and the “sagittalfirst” philosophy. Explain how it’s used in your practice, and the results you’ve seen. JG: The “sagittal-first” philosophy using the Motion 3D Appliance is a real paradigm shift in the way orthodontists treat patients. It helps me reduce patient treatment times—sometimes by up to one year. It’s so rewarding to offer this treatment concept because I no longer receive hesitation from patients, especially adults, about moving forward with treatment. I get to explain that they won’t be making a commitment to wearing braces for two years—most likely, it will be around a year or less.

How do the appliances work with clear aligner therapy? JG: The orthodontist and the patient don’t have to make


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a decision between braces or aligners before the patient starts treatment—we can think about it while the AP is being corrected. This new treatment method allows me to treat more cases with clear aligners. The Motion 3D Appliance allows me to easily turn complex Class II patients into Class I patients; previously, a complex case would not be suitable for aligner treatment. Also, using the appliance allows you to empower patients to be compliant. As you watch them through the AP correction, you can see if they’re a good fit for aligners.

How did you get your staff on board with this shift? JG: For an orthodontist to succeed with any new treatment philosophy, you need to have buy-in from your staff. The great thing for me when I introduced the “sagittal-first” concept to my staff is that it made total September 2018

sense to them that the heaviest lifting we do in ortho, which is generally the AP correction, should take place at the beginning of treatment, rather than after the patient has already been in braces for a year or longer.


With the “sagittal-first” philosophy, I am able to achieve AP correction on average in just three months! AP correction used to take a year and at the end of treatment, when no patient was interested in being compliant anymore. Also, because the Motion 3D Appliance is so discreet, patients don’t think of themselves in treatment even though they are.

JG: I’m able to confidently tell my patients that their treatment time should take a year or less.

You’re able to get patients to commit to being cooperative at the beginning of treatment, when they are excited about the impact braces will make on their lives.

Which benefits does the Motion 3D Appliance offer that haven’t previously experienced?

Going Straight to the Source Henry Schein Orthodontics’ mission is to provide stateof-the-art orthodontic products and innovative clinical solutions that enable its customers to offer exceptional patient care while expanding the scope and profitability of their practices. The company continues to grow as a global orthodontic solutions provider by not only providing high-quality products but also going beyond the typical supplier/client relationship, instead cultivating partnerships with its customers so they can deliver positive patient outcomes and maintain healthy, successful businesses.

For more than 40 years, Henry Schein Orthodontics has manufactured most of its products in the United States, including at its 65,000-square-foot corporate building in north San Diego. Among its offerings is the Carriere System, which incorporates the latest advances in orthodontic technology with gentle forces that work with natural physiology to correct a bite at the beginning of treatment. By utilizing the Carriere Motion 3D appliances in the beginning stages and then transitioning into Carriere SLX Self-Ligating Brackets to complete treatment, the total time in treatment is greatly reduced when compared with other traditional approaches.

HSO’s wide array of orthodontic offerings include brackets and bands, intraoral appliances, elastomerics, archwires and temporary anchorage devices. Other solutions include innovative orthodontic products and progressive continuing education opportunities to help fuel the growth and success of orthodontic practices in more than 75 countries.

“Shifting to the Carriere Motion 3D Appliance has been one of the most significant treatment advances I have implemented during the past five years,” says Ron Maddox, a San Dimas, California-based orthodontist. “I’ve been able to reduce the overall treatment time and significantly reduce the time that my patients are in braces.”

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When using the overpressing technique andwhen fabricating sintered crowns, each unit requires much more time and higher manufacturing costs. The VITABLOCS Mark II ceramic enables fully anatomical restorations and reduced structures, which can be individualized later on.

The clinical procedure has been tested and proven over many years. The success of this all-round ceramic material in the area of single tooth restorations is based on the combination of numerous advantageous properties, which, among others, include profitability, esthetics and flexibility. In the following, some clinical cases are used to demonstrate these advantages.


Profitability Compared to other types of dental restorations, such as reduced and veneered substructures, fully anatomically designed, mono-ceramic CAD/CAM restorations ensure high profitability.

Since the feldspar ceramic blocks VITABLOCS Mark II, TriLuxe and TriLuxe forte are suitable for all single tooth restorations (table 1), they ensure perfect combination and harmony of materials, which is desired for esthetic reasons.

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In cases of a crown restoration on a tooth and a veneer on an adjacent tooth, it is not possible to achieve an identical visual appearance using different materials. In such cases a material should be selected which can be used for both indications (fig. 1a and 1b).

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Such cases, however, can also be treated with a chairside or semi-chairside sandwich crown (VITA YZ + VITABLOCS Mark II) prepared in a single appointment.

Range VITABLOCS Mark II blocks are available in ten VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER and in three VITA classical A1-D4 shades. In addition to the monochromatic VITABLOCS Mark II, there are also the polychromatic block types VITABLOCS TriLuxe and TriLuxe forte with three and four harmoniously matched shade layers. VITABLOCS TriLuxe can be used to fabricate restorations which simulate the higher cervical chroma and the increased incisal transparency of natural teeth (fig. 2). Treatment can be completed chairside in a single appointment. Time-consuming and complex subsequent thermal treatment and staining are not required. Glaze firing to achieve characteristic shade effects can, but does not need to be, carried out.

Table 1: The entire range of single tooth ceramic restorations is covered with the fine-structure feldspar ceramic of VITABLOCS Mark II, TriLuxe and TriLuxe forte. Depending on the requirements, the restorations can be fabricated chairside, semi-chairside and labside. Subsequent thermal treatment is not required; glaze firing can be carried out. The ceramic exhibits excellent processing characteristics and problems of chipping have hardly been reported.


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2. The result, which features esthetic and natural shade, shape and surface structure, was achieved by reworking in the dental laboratory and subsequent glaze firing performed chairside. Digital shade measurement confirms the good visual impression of the restoration made from VITABLOCS TriLuxe (fig. 4a - 4c). Fig. 4A

Fig. 2: When using VITABLOCS TriLuxe and TriLuxe forte, the restoration can be placed individually in the polychromatic block using the milling preview.

Clinical examples Not highly demanding cases but examples of daily routine work are listed below for documentation purposes. The examples given are limited to anterior restorations. 1. Tooth 21 was simply restored with VITABLOCS TriLuxe and manual polishing was carried out subsequently. In this case, less emphasis needs to be put on the esthetic appearance. The target was to fabricate a favorably priced restoration for the patient (fig. 3a, 3b.)

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Fig. 3a and 3b: Efficient solution: manually polished crown made from VITABLOCS Mark II.

Fig. 4a to 4c: A perfect shade and surface structure were achieved.


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3. Light colors (Tetric Color, Ivoclar Vivadent) were applied to the severely discolored, prepared teeth to add the desired color depth (see also contrast photo) to the translucent ceramic (VITABLOCS TriLuxe) with a basic shade of 2M2. Perfect imitation of the shades of adjacent teeth is achieved by the slightly yellowish color of the cervical areas - obtained with glaze material (fig. 5a to 5f). Fig. 5A

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Fig. 5a to 5f: The crowns made from VITABLOCS TriLuxe exhibit natural color depth and are harmoniously integrated into the dentition. The restorations were fabricated and fitted in a single appointment in a way to ensure high profitability.


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1. Arnetzl, G.; Arnetzl, V.: Präparation für vollkeramische Restaurationen. Universitätsklinik für Zahn-, Mund- und Kieferheilkunde, Graz (2008). 2. Frankenberger, R.: Adhäsivtechnik 2009 – Neuigkeiten, Tipps und Trends. In: Quintessenz, 60(4); 415-423 (2009). 3. Hämmerle C. et al.: Dentale Keramiken, Aktuelle Schwerpunkte für die Klinik. Universität Zürich, (2005). 4. Zahran, M.; El-Mowafy, O.; Tam, L. et al.: Fracture Strength and Fatigue Resistance of All-Ceramic Molar Crowns Manufactured with CAD/CAM Technology. In: J Prosthodont., Mar 17 (2008).

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Lebanese Society of Endodontology June 21 - 22, 2018 Hilton Habtoor Grand Beirut, Lebanon

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Picture from the opening ceremony The main goal of this event is to honor the Lebanese Endodontists who trusted their dreams and excelled in the Endodontic field. Each one of these Lebanese Endodontists Members of LSE left his fingerprint in the progress of endodontics whether in the Concepts, Techniques, instruments, materials or devices. The start of this legacy in Lebanon and the region was with one of the fathers of endodontics Prof. Elie Maalouf, the main Founder of our Society, Following Professor Ghassan Yared inventor of Reciprocs and Reciprocation coming from Canada. Dr. Philippe Sleiman, inventor of SP pluggers Hu-Friedy, cryotherapy technique in RCT, sequence of irrigation, apiectomy, coinventor of TF instrument and has a book about ultrasonics. Prof. Walid Nehme, one of the team developing 2 Shape and one flair from MicroMega. Prof. Roger Rebeiz leader in the field of education and developing instruments. Prof. Rebeiz is founder of Dental College Past President of LSE. Prof. Issam Khalil Past President LSE developer of MMTA and BioMM a new bioceramic Material. Prof. Edmond Koyess Past President LSE involved in education since 30 years and actual director of post-grad program at the Lebanese University. Prof. Rola Abiad vice Dean of BAU and also involved in Endodontic Education and worked on Laser Doppler flow meter. Prof. Charbel Allam pioneer in the endodontic surgery field and developer of surgical techniques and instruments. Dr Allam is a reference to all endodontists in this field. Prof. Edgard Jabbour leader in the world of endo surgery and in extraction and direct implantation in case of failed root canal treatment and also in complex cases of bone grafting . Dear all, you have been exemplary for the coming endo generations with your devotion, knowledge, expertise and the way of teaching and in transmitting the bug of endo which leads to an incurable disease! We at the LSE, have also trusted our dreams and each year we try to challenge ourselves and upgrade our event, as we have one main goal ahead of us which is to deliver to our endodontic and dental community the best of knowledge and science through lectures, workshops, exhibition and Live Demos.

Dr Edward Rizk,

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Pr Roger Rbeiz receiving his trophy from Dr Marc Kaloustian

Pr Ghassan Yared receiving his trophy from LSE president Dr Edward Rizk

Dr Filippo Santarcangelo talking about the anatomically guided shaping

Pr Philippe Sleiman talking about the role of irrigation in Endo

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Dr Carla Zgheib Moubarak, Pr Stephen Niemczyk

L to R, Drs: Marc Habib, Tony Harb, Hareth AbdelSater, Walid Nehme, Carla Zgheib, Edward Rizk, Ghada Bassil, Alexandre Mulhauser

L to R: Walid Nehme, Laurent Bataillard, Ghada Bassil, Omar Bahgat

Drs Elie Rouphael, Salim Kassis, Charbel Allam

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Lebanese Orthodontic Society 16th Annual Meeting

With Tunisian Association of Research & Studies in Orthodontics June 22 - 23, 2018 Mรถvenpick Hotels & Resorts Beirut, Lebanon

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Picture from the opening ceremony 16th Lebanese Orthodontic Society Annual Meeting Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives me great pleasure to extend to you all a very warm welcome on behalf of the Lebanese Orthodontic Society Board and committees to this joint Tunisian-Lebanese Scientific Meeting between the Tunisian Association of Research and Studies in Orthodontics and the Lebanese Orthodontic Society which happens to concur with the 16th Annual Meeting of the Lebanese Orthodontic Society. It was a real privilege to organize and launch this congress with our colleagues from Tunisia, country where Phoenician immigrants who then came to be Lebanese Ancestors, founded Carthage in the 12th Century BC. Thus, this empathy could have been generated from these shared ancestors. I would like to recognize the hard work of all previous Lebanese Orthodontic Society Presidents and all committees and individuals for their precious contributions to establish a solid base on which we will continue to build in order to achieve all the aforementioned goals.

Dr Mona Sayegh Ghossoub president of the LOS

And now I declare opened the Lebanese-Tunisian congress which coincides with the 16th Annual Meeting of the Lebanese Orthodontic Society.

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Byblos Dental Association 25th Summer Dental Meeting June 23, 2018 Eddésands Hotel & Resort Jbeil, Lebanon

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L to R: Dr. Elie Rouphael, Prof. Carlos Khairallah, Dr. Martin Bakhos (LABD), Prof. Toni Zeinoun Under the patronage of the Lebanese Dental Association represented by its president Prof. Carlos Khairallah, the Byblos Dental Association (BDA) and the Lebanese Association of Dentists graduated from Belgian Universities (LADB) held their 25th Summer Dental Meeting on Saturday June 23, 2018 At é Byblos Hall - Eddésands Hotel & Resort - Jbeil.

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Lebanese Society of Pediatric Dentistry Silver Jubilee’s Convention June 26, 2018 The Key ApartHotel Beirut, Lebanon

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Photo of Past and Actual Board Committee Members of the Lebanese Society with the Founder Prof. Elia Sfeir and Past Presidents The Lebanese Society of Pediatric Dentistry celebrated its silver jubilee within a convention with Hachem Dental Care’s exclusive sponsorship at the Key Aparthotel on the 26th of June, 2018. This scientific meeting was in collaboration with the department of pediatric dentistry at the Lebanese University, Saint Joseph University and Beirut Arab University. Hachem Dental Care introduced their Kiddy Caps Crowns product during this convention with the creator and developer Mr Mattias Finzelberg from Germany.

“ We reached today a highly professional level of scientific meetings with the Lebanese Society’s conventions year after year since 1992. Every past president increased the standard of communication between all pedodontists and even among other societies abroad. We will follow that pathway for the three years to come and work hard for an optimal level and make sure that we will be chapters in other professional societies to make us more scientifically exposed. ”

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Dr. Bechara Al Asmar President, Lebanese Society of Pediatric Dentistry

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Dr. Hassan Bacho, Speaker

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The Key Beirut June 26

L-R: Dr. Claire Hachem, Dr. Camille Samneh, Prof. Jean-Claude Abou Chedid, Prof. Marlene Khoury, Dr. Michel Salameh

Dr. Sandra Dagher (Vice President LSPD), Dr. Guitta Abi Nasr (General Secretary LSPD)

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Prof. Riad Bacho, Prof. Balsam Soubra, Dr. Mohamad Ezzeddine

Hachem Dental Care Team with Mr. Mattias Finzelberg

L-R: Dr. Camille Samneh, Professors: Nada Mchaileh, Roula Dib (President LDA North), Samia Abou Jaoudeh, Amine El Zoghbi, Dean Tony Zeinoun, Drs: Guitta Abi Nasr, Mohammad Ezzeddine, Sandra Dagher, Prof. Jean-Claude Abou Chedid, Dr. Michel Salameh

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