Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 00:10:07 -0500
From: "ESCO automatic digest system" <LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU>
Subject: ESCO Digest - 23 Aug 2007 to 4 Sep 2007 (#2007-67)

There are 3 messages totalling 313 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:
1. ABO
2. TAD's as restorative base for missing laterals
3. Re: Class III


Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 11:28:58 -0400
From: mbellard@AOL.COM
Subject: ABO

I practice in fairly small community.  Several years ago, a local orthodontist earned his ABO certification, and his staff began making a point to every patient that he was the "only" board certified orthodontist in our area.  We began to get calls from patients asking if I was board certified, and we had to make lengthy explanations, but bottom line truth was I was not board certified.  Our attempts to explain made us look silly, and in the end, patients didn't really understand anyway.  I doubt we lost any patients, but it was thorn in my side.

At first I was angry, but eventually I decided the only way to effectively deal with the problem and not look like a whiny wimp was simply to get my ABO certification.  Which I did a few years ago.  It was a lot of work, but also a very rewarding professional growth experience.  And I no longer have to explain to anyone why I'm not board certified.

Mark Bellard

Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 10:57:56 -0400
From: mbellard@AOL.COM
Subject: TAD's as restorative base for missing laterals

I read recently that temporary anchorage screws could be used as a foundation to build lateral incisor crowns (temporary restorations of course, until the patient is of age to have osseo-integrated implants).   Sounds like a good solution to the awkward interim period between removal of braces and final implants.  I wondered if anyone in our group has any experience with this or insight into the technique.


Mark Bellard


Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 13:09:06 -0400
From: atogrye@AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Class III


On the build up issue your comments were very interesting. I too have Some adult pts with similar issues. In one particular SX case, pt. was having lots of problems with lower anterior build up and I was very concerned that the problem was going to be much worse when she was in IMF. To my surprise she showed NO build up and come to find out that she consumed lots of bread before SX and she was no longer able to. So you decide:)
On the issue of Class 3 correction My experience has been like yours and I have been at it a little longer than you have (12 years).The length of wear time is the key.