Regaining space by using elastic orthodontic separators.

Academic Article


  • When an extensive carious lesion is present, interproximal space may be lost due to drifting of adjacent teeth. This may encroach upon the space needed to restore the tooth to proper occlusal and interproximal contours. Although the space may be regained with conventional orthodontics, this may not be an option in some cases due to financial or technical considerations. The outlined clinical technique uses elastic orthodontic separators in conjunction with an incrementally modified acrylic crown to regain lost interproximal space. The results of this technique were achieved rapidly and allowed for the placement of a physiologically contoured restoration. This procedure is technically simple, provides quick results, and is less expensive for the patient than conventional orthodontics.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • General Dentistry  Journal
  • Author List

  • VanderWeele RA; Broome JC; Ramer JP
  • Start Page

  • 454
  • End Page

  • 456
  • Volume

  • 46
  • Issue

  • 5