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Wilckodontics with Human Bone Grafting Accelerates Ortho for Dental Patients

June 20th, 2008 · No Comments

orthodontic bracesPeriodontist Tom Wilcko developed Wilckodontics, a method of orthodontics that repositions teeth more quickly than traditional methods. The Wilckodontics website claims that patients can be “in and out of braces in 3 to 8 months.” The procedure, intended for adults with mature bone tissue, involves PAOO, Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics. In short, the jawbone is scored and a bone graft applied to the area. This softens bone to allow for accelerated movement of teeth into their ideal position. The entire procedure is done under local anesthetic and performed by an oral surgeon or periodontist. A recent University of Southern California School of Dentistry study shows that by using the patient’s bone for the graft, the potential for disease transmission is reduced. In the past, bovine bone tissue and bioactivated glass particles were used. You can review the report in Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry (May 2008) and visit for more information.


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