After receiving his dental degree from University of Kiel in 1995, Dr. Konstantinos obtained his orthodontic diploma from the University of Mainz in Germany in 1999.
Since 2002, he has been involved in teaching Orthodontic Technology at the Dental Technology Department of the University of Applied Sciences in Athens, Greece. In 2002, he was awarded the 1st prize for the best scientific paper from the German Orthodontic Society.
Dr. Panagiotis has a special clinical interest in temporary anchorage devices in orthodontics and has presented numerous lectures in this subject. He is an active member of the Greek Orthodontic Society, European Orthodontic Society, German Orthodontic Society, Greek Association for Orthodontic Study and Research and Greek Society of Lingual Orthodontics.
Orthodontic Appliances And Temporary Prosthetic Restorations Attached On TADs.
Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) has been proven recently a very useful tool in orthodontic treatment for the noncompliant patient because of the solutions offered to the eternal problem of orthodontic anchorage.
The adequate system should preferably combine the advantages of TADs as being self-threading, not requiring surgical placement, accepting immediate loading, no need for osseointegration and easily removal with the advantages of dental implants as the wide range of accessory components, such as plates and precision attachments or abutments. These components are very useful for the orthodontic treatment of the noncompliant patient as well as the complex cases solely or consecutively with appliances like the Hybrid HYRAX, the Pendulum, the Beneslider for distalization of molars in adults, the Mentoplate for Class III treatment and intrusion appliances.
Tads turn out to be a promising solution also for temporary prosthetic restorations at adolescent orthodontic patients. The disadvantages of conventional temporary prosthetic restorations at the area of congenitally missed teeth are moderate aesthetics, psychological problems in the acceptance by the teenage patient of removable prosthetic solutions and mostly the loss of bone mass in the area.
The ideal temporary prosthetic restoration must have the following characteristics. Be stable, not affect the speech, be aesthetically acceptable, not affect the adjacent teeth, easily removable when replaced for the permanent restoration and finally favor the preservation of alveolar bone in the area.
A variety of orthodontic appliances as well as temporary prosthetic restorations attached on mini orthodontic implants (TADs) will be presented and the limitations as well as the problems in the use by the clinician will be discussed.