Incomplete orthodontic therapy can lead to severe root resorption, resulting in mobile and non-restorable teeth. This clinical report presents the diagnosis, treatment planning and oral rehabilitation of a young woman with failing dentition in the anterior maxilla due to orthodontically induced root resorption. The patient’s chief complaint was mobile maxillary anterior teeth 2 years after discontinuing orthodontic treatment. Radiographic and clinical evaluations revealed a missing right first premolar and left premolars and grade III mobility from the right canine to the left lateral incisor. Due to a hopeless prognosis, extraction of the maxillary anterior teeth was planned, followed by grafting procedures. Four implants were immediately placed in the fresh sockets of the canine and central sites, and a removable provisional appliance was delivered to contour the soft tissues involved. The final restorations consisted of two three-unit layered zirconia implant–supported fixed dental prostheses. Well-planned immediate implant therapy and zirconia restorations can successfully replace mobile teeth with severe root resorption caused by external surface resorption from incomplete orthodontic treatment. Combining grafting procedures during implant placement can replace hard tissue lost due to extractions, whereas provisional restorations can re-establish optimal tissue architecture in the aesthetic zone. The present case offers insight into effective strategies for treating non-compliant or uncooperative patients with failing dentition due to orthodontically induced root resorption.
Keywords: clinical decision making, immediate implants, implant-supported dental prosthesis, orthodontic appliance, root resorption, tooth mobility, zirconium dioxide
The authors report no conflicts of interest relating to this report.