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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 107-112

Surgically assisted rapid palatal expansion: A way to treat transverse maxillary deficiency


Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Sri Aurobindo College of Dentistry, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Rohit Kumar Maheshwari
Senior Lecturer, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Sri Aurobindo College of Dentistry, Indore Ujjain State Highway, Near Mr 10 Crossing, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijor.ijor_10_18

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Transverse maxillomandibular discrepancies are a major component of several malocclusions. Transverse maxillary discrepancies are routinely corrected in growing patients with appliances that separate the median palatal and associated maxillary sutures. This type of rapid palatal expansion (RPE) is not feasible in adults, however, because of the increasing resistance of the sutures. Surgically assisted RPE is an alternative method that reduces the resistance of the closed midpalatal suture to correct maxillary constriction in an adult. It allows clinicians to achieve effective maxillary expansion in a skeletally mature patient.


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