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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 81-85

Cephalometric evaluation of the cervical spine posture following fixed functional therapy with Forsus™ appliance

1 Department of Orthodontics, Mithila Minority Dental College and Hospital, Darbhanga, Bihar, India
2 Faculty of Dentistry, SEGi University, Selangor, Malaysia
3 Department of Orthodontics, Awadh Dental College, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

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Dr. Priyadarshini Hesarghatta Ramamurthy
Faculty of Dentistry, SEGi University, No. 9 Jalan Teknologi, PJU 5, Kota Damansara, Selangor 47810
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DOI: 10.4103/jisppd.jisppd_173_21

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Background: To investigate whether fixed functional therapy for mandibular advancement with the Forsus™ appliance would produce any changes in the cervical spine posture. Materials and Methods: This prospective clinical exploratory study was conducted on 12 patients (six females and six males) with a mean age of 15 ± 1.3 years, having mandibular retrusion, Class II malocclusion, who were treated with the Forsus™ appliance. Lateral cephalogram was taken twice, once at the baseline (T1) before the commencement of the treatment and once following termination of fixed functional treatment (T2). Eleven measurements representing the vertical and the sagittal craniofacial proportions, and the head posture, were taken into account. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 22. The variations between before and after treatment measurements were collated using paired t-test. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: No significant differences were noticed in the angle linking the horizontal lines of the head and the superior crest of the spinal column before and after the treatment, with P = 0.73. The cervical curvature angle also failed to show any significant difference with P = 0.14. Conclusion: Fixed functional therapy with the Forsus™ device resulted in dentoalveolar and soft tissue alterations alone but did not alter the cervical spine posture.


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