Special Issue "From Childhood to Adulthood: New Trends in Multidisciplinary Orthodontics"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Dentistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Lucchese
Website1 Website2
Guest Editor
1. Unit of Orthodontics, Division of Dentistry IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, 20123 Milan, Italy
2 School of Dentistry, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, 20123 Milan, Italy
Interests: diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in the orofacial field from childhood to adulthood; orthopedic treatment and tooth orthodontic movement; sleep apnea syndrome; oral microbiome and microbiota; digital dentistry
Prof. Dario Bertossi
Guest Editor
1. Maxillofacial Plastic Surgery Unit, Policlinico G.B. Rossi, University of Verona, Piazzale L.A. Scuro, 1037134, Verona, Italy
2. Professor of Practice, Centre for Integrated Medical and Translational Research, University of London, London, UK
Interests: orthognathic surgery; rhinoplasty and genioplasty; orthodontic microsurgery; facial cosmetic; oral health
Dr. Riccardo Nocini
Guest Editor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital of Verona, 37124 Verona, Italy
Interests: head and neck microsurgery; piezoelectric surgery; otolaryngology procedures; craniofacial malformations; head and neck microsurgery; cleft lip and palate genetics; sleep apnea syndrome

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are all called upon to keep up with the developments that are occurring simultaneously in dentistry. New technologies, as well as digital devices, are available to enhance the effectiveness of the diagnostic process and increase the spectrum of detectable pathologies, dimorphisms, and dysfunctions in the orofacial region, as well as to the new clinical approach to comprehensive dental care, and oral microbiome.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide the available evidence-based data of innovative advances and knowledge in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in the orofacial field from childhood to adulthood. Orthopedic treatments, maxillofacial surgery or otolaryngology procedures to manage craniofacial malformations and head and neck disorders are well accepted as well as sleep apnea syndrome treatment.

In this regard, clinical and research studies are welcome. Case reports, communication, and reviews including studies involving the aforementioned topics will also be welcome.

We hope that the combination of research and clinical reviews will contribute to enhancing our readers’ knowledge and advancing the field.

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Lucchese
Prof. Dario Bertossi
Dr. Riccardo Nocini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Diagnosis, therapy orofacial field
  • Craniofacial malformations from childhood to adulthood
  • Orthopedic treatments in growing patients
  • Tooth orthodontic movements
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Piezosurgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head and neck disorders
  • Sleep apnea syndrome treatment
  • Temporomandibular joint
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Bruxism
  • CBCT
  • Aesthetic orthodontic treatment with “Invisalign” and “Lingual technology”
  • Facial cosmetic procedures
  • systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Oral microbiome and microbiota
  • Cleft lip and palate genetics—digital dentistry
  • Oral health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: An orthodontic approach for Garre’s sclerosing osteomyelitis of the mandible
Authors: Barbur Ioan, Horia Opris, Alexandra Irimie, Dinu Cristian, Mihaela Baciut, Gabriel Armencea, Bran Simion, Grigore Baciut
Author Affiliations: Department Maxilofacial Surgery and Implantology, Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie “Iuliu Hatieganu”, Cluj-Napoca Romania
Abstract: The nonsuppurative osteomyelitis of the mandible is a rare condition that can occur in children due to low-grade inflammatory processes, dental cavities, periodontal lesions as well as the eruption process of the teeth. We submit a case report involving the orthodontic management of a 9 year-old female patient who presented in our service in the mixed dentition period with diagnosed Garre’s sclerosing osteomyelitis of the entire mandibular body. After a full work-up the following were noted: bilateral TMJ pain, loss of the lee-way space, anterior open bite, distalization of the right canine, nail biting and tongue thrust. Our orthodontic objectives were to relieve the TMJ pain, limit the eruption process of the teeth and to diminish the evolution of the osteomyelitis, reduce the growth of the inferior lower third of the face, and to prevent further invasive treatment of the patient. In the first phase of treatment we established centric relationship using an orthopaedic appliance (occlusal splint) and physiotherapy to deprogram the muscles and the TMJ. Throughout the second phase of treatment we used orthopaedic appliances to inhibit the overeruption of the molars. After another year of treatment, the osteomyelitic lesions were under control with the permanent teeth in final position, good facial aesthetic and functional result, no root resorption. We can conclude that by using low physiological forces to direct and control the growth pattern, good results could be obtained in stabilising and controlling the sclerosing osteomyelitis of the mandible. Keywords: osteomyelitis; orthodontics; functional therapy; mixed dentition.
Tentative Submission Date: 10/01/2021

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