Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Treatment (SFOT)
Many people have malocclusions and are unaware of the cause. A malocclusion is the imperfect positioning of the teeth when the jaws are closed. An insufficient alveolar bone is a common find among patients with malocclusions. Cumulative alveolar bone loss results in a weakening of the supporting structures of the teeth and predisposes the patient to tooth mobility and loss. It is one of the hallmarks of periodontitis.These problems have previously been insufficiently treated. With Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Treatment patients can now be treated properly and efficiently.
Malocclusions with insufficient alveolar bone have traditionally been treated orthodontically by removal of permanent teeth which has a number of negative side effects. Removing teeth doesn’t address the constricted arch form that can negatively affect function, esthetics, and the critically important airway. Surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy solves the real, underlying problem of insufficient alveolar bone and expands the traditional “orthodontic walls.”
SFOT is a modern advancement in dentistry that results in faster tooth movement by more than 50%. SFOT detects underlying issues of the alveolar bone and arch issues and enhances myofunctional improvement. The treatment aids in ideal tooth position, minimizes number of surgeries, engineers’ new tissue and expands arch form. It can aid in improving esthetic concerns as well.