Volume 8 Issue 11 (November, 2020)

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Survey of Orthodontistsí attitudes and experiences regarding mini- screw implants
Dr. Vishwas Bansal, Dr. Saurabh Bhalla

Background: The present study was conducted to assess orthodontistsí attitude and experience regarding mini- screw implants. Materials & Methods: 75 orthodontists of both genders were recruited for the study. All were provided with a questionnaire regarding their clinical experience, invisalign usage, esthetic bracket usage and use of mini- screw implants etc. Results: There were 30 males and 45 females, year of practice was <5 years in 15, 5-10 years in 25 and >10 years in 35 patients. 24 had rural and 51 had urban practice, invisalign usage was never seen in 25, occasionally in 10 and always in 30. Esthetic bracket usage was never seen in 42, occasionally in 13 and always in 20. Complications of mini- screw reported by orthodontists were mini- screw loosening by 45, mini- screw fracture by 24, soft tissue overgrowth by 50, aphthous ulcer by 35, infection by 20, slippage into periosteum by 32, irritation from auxiliary spring by 62 and root damage by 12 orthodontists. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Conclusion: Mini- screw implants had higher rate of complications as reported by most of the orthodontists. Key words: Mini- screw implants, Orthodontists, Invisalign.

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