From: allan sheridan [mailto:captainal_92865@YAHOO.COM]
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 10:25 PM
Subject: Protracting molars with or without TAD’S
I have over a 40 year period protracted10-15 second or first molars in to fully healed bone with fairly good results. The teeth moved very slow and very light pressure was used. Many times the general dentist did have to build up interproximal surfaces for adequate contact.
Today, I ask myself the question–how many of these patients would have been just as well off with bridgework or today implant/crowns?? The answer I think depends on the integrity of the adjacent teeth –do we still cut down healthy virgin teeth??
The patient should be given all the options as well as risks and rewards. Many times it is a decision between time and money.
Allan Sheridan DMD, MS