Lead Author Affiliation

Resident of Orthodontics

Lead Author Program & Year

Graduate Orthodontics

Second Author Program & Year

DDS Year 2

Third Author Program & Year

DDS Year 2

Fourth Author Program & Year

DDS Year 2

Presentation Category

Research

Introduction/Context/Diagnosis

Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the types and prevalence of complications following Maxillary Skeletal Expansion protocol at University of the Pacific.

Methods/Treatment Plan

Methods: In this retrospective study, chart notes and photos of 97 patient were analyzed for complications relating to MSE expansion. For inflammation complications, ratings were taken using progress photos.

Results/Outcome

Results: 81.94% of patients exhibited some severity of inflammation over treatment (6% exhibited severe inflammation requiring removal of MSE). 18% exhibited some severity of pain in the MSE area. 2% exhibited transient pain in the nose, 3% of patients exhibited transient headaches, and 4% exhibited transient pain in maxillary teeth. 9% exhibited appliance malfunction, 1% exhibited broken miniscrew,and 1% exhibited vitality loss.

Significance/Conclusions

Conclusions: The most common complications experienced by patients undergoing MSE expansion treatment was inflammation around the MSE site, followed by pain.

Comments/Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Dr. Audrey Yoon and Dr. Heesoo Oh without whom this project would not be possible.

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Complications Reported in Maxillary Skeletal Expanders: A Retrospective Study

Purpose: The aim of this study was to determine the types and prevalence of complications following Maxillary Skeletal Expansion protocol at University of the Pacific.