Impact of extracorporeal shockwave therapy on tooth mobility in adult orthodontic patients: a randomized single-center placebo-controlled clinical trial

J Clin Periodontol. 2015 Mar;42(3):294-301. doi: 10.1111/jcpe.12373. Epub 2015 Feb 20.


Aim: This RCT investigated the effect of non-invasive extracorporeal shockwaves on tooth mobility in orthodontic patients after active treatment.

Materials and methods: Seventy-two adult patients were included in the study. Immediately after active orthodontic treatment, patients were assigned to a treatment or a placebo group based on block randomization. The orthodontic patients were required to be otherwise healthy. The region of interest was the anterior portion of the mandible. The treatment group received a single shockwave treatment with 1000 impulses while the placebo group was treated with an acoustic sham. Tooth mobility was evaluated over a period of 6 months using a Periotest and manual testing. Pocket probing depths, bleeding on probing and the irregularity index were also assessed.

Results: Tooth mobility reduced significantly over 6 months in both groups, but shockwaves achieved significantly more rapid reduction on manual testing. Probing depth was significantly reduced while the irregularity index remained stable. Bleeding on probing was significantly reduced in the treatment group. No anti-inflammatory effect could be derived due to possible initial group differences.

Conclusions: The mobility of teeth aligned by orthodontic treatment reduces over time. Shockwave treatment appeared to reduce tooth mobility more rapidly.

Keywords: orthodontic; periotest; probing depth; shockwaves; tooth mobility.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cuspid / radiation effects
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gingiva / radiation effects
  • High-Energy Shock Waves / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Incisor / radiation effects
  • Male
  • Mandible / radiation effects
  • Middle Aged
  • Periodontal Index
  • Periodontal Ligament / radiation effects
  • Periodontal Pocket / radiotherapy
  • Placebos
  • Tooth Mobility / radiotherapy*
  • Tooth Movement Techniques / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Placebos