Edition V15N03 | Year 2010 | Editorial Orthodontic Insight | Pages 19 to 30
The field for Orthodontics has seen significant expansion with the advent of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in all specialties, such as medical and dental implantology, sleep medicine, orthognathic surgery, computed tomography, gerodontology, etc. This requires the mastery of new concepts and technical terms typical of the jargon used by each specific area. Such mastery plays a key role in discussions about diagnosis and planning of clinical cases with professionals from other specialties. Dental osseointegrated implants, for example, completely changed the practice and scope of dentistry in the last 20 years. Many adult orthodontic patients have already had one or more osseointegrated implants installed or may be planning, or need to do so. Many young orthodontic patients have also had osseointegrated implants installed because of tooth loss caused by trauma or partial anodontia. Osseointegrated implant saucerization is a phenomenon worthy of recognition and consideration in orthodontic planning to establish functional and aesthetic prognosis. With this insight in mind, we intend to discuss the concept of saucerization, with the specific purpose of answering a few important questions. Given the occurrence of saucerization, should special care be given to teeth located in the neighborhood of osseointegrated implants when moving teeth and finishing orthodontic cases?