Orthodontic microsurgery: a new surgically guided technique for dental movement

Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2007 Aug;27(4):325-31.


Eight patients with malocclusions were treated with a new orthodontic-surgical technique that reduces the duration of treatment compared to conventional techniques. The monocortical tooth dislocation and ligament distraction (MTDLD) technique combines two different dental movements that work separately but simultaneously on opposite root surfaces. On the root surface corresponding to the direction of movement, vertical and horizontal microsurgical corticotomies are performed around each tooth root with a piezosurgical microsaw to eliminate cortical bone resistance. The immediate application of strong biomechanical forces produces rapid dislocation of the root and the cortical bone together. On the root surface opposite the direction of movement, the force of dislocation produces rapid distraction of ligament fibers. During the osteogenic process that follows, application of normal orthodontic biomechanics achieves the final tooth movement. All eight patients underwent periodontal and radiologic examinations for more than 1 year after treatment. No periodontal defects were observed in any of the patients, including one with a severe malocclusion and a thin periodontal tissue biotype. Compared to traditional orthodontic therapy, the average treatment time with the MTDLD technique in the mandible and maxilla was reduced by 60% and 70%, respectively.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alveolar Process / surgery
  • Electrosurgery
  • Female
  • Guided Tissue Regeneration, Periodontal
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Malocclusion / surgery*
  • Malocclusion / therapy
  • Microsurgery / methods*
  • Palatal Expansion Technique
  • Periodontal Ligament / physiology
  • Tooth Movement Techniques / methods*
  • Tooth Root / surgery