Journal Article

Mechanobiology of tooth movement

S. Henneman, J. W. Von den Hoff and J. C. Maltha

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 30, issue 3, pages 299-306
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online June 2008 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
Mechanobiology of tooth movement

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This review describes the mechanical and biological signalling pathways during orthodontic tooth movement and provides an update of the current literature. A theoretical model is introduced to elucidate the complex cascade of events after the application of an orthodontic force to a tooth. In this model, the events are divided into four stages: matrix strain and fluid flow, cell strain, cell activation and differentiation, and remodelling. Each stage is explained in detail and discussed using recent literature.

Journal Article.  5316 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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