ankylosed toothSpear released a new problem-based Study Club module.

In “Managing Ankylosed Teeth,” Dr. Gregg Kinzer describes the etiology of ankylosis and explores the clinical information necessary to develop an effective treatment plan. Five treatment options for ankylosed teeth are discussed, as well as the rationale for selecting the appropriate option.

Through this module, Study Club members will learn:

  • What is the cause of replacement resorption (ankylosis)
  • How to evaluate and diagnose ankylosed teeth
  • Which treatment parameters need to be evaluated
  • What are the different treatment options for managing ankylosed teeth

This is an advanced case and is best for Study Clubs that have been a group for more than two years. Study Club members will be eligible for three continuing education credit hours for each module they complete. 


Commenter's Profile Image Cynthia S.
June 27th, 2016
Read the previous articles on anklosed teeth,good background. I am commenting as an Oral Surgeon who treats these, I do not recommend subluxation of a submerged or impacted tooth it will cause or accelerate the ankylosis. Ortho can be tried it will tell you if the tooth is truly anklylosed. However waiting 5-10 years in a patient only excaberates the problem and leaves me with less to restore, the problem is just being delayed. The teeth are harder to remove as the patient ages and they have to be ground out. Regeneration of new bone and soft tissue is optimal in younger patients and these cases always need grafting once growth is complete. Timing and presentation is key. I don't see the value in single tooth osteotomy these are rarely performed due to the complication rate. The implant comparison is true on the lack of a PDL however an implant does not continue to resorb over time. The best treatment is removal, staged hard and soft tissues grafting to allow blood supply to establish itself. In an older patient who presents with this then I think the composite disguise is warrented. Unfortunately delaying treatment makes the surgeons job harder, and can compromise the result.Timing and coordination with the oral surgeon should be impleted early in the treatment plan. My college age students have breaks in their schedule and with excellent provionalization understand this and don't delay treatment. Thanks for reading Dr Cynthia Satko, study club leader, Chicago. Value T.