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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 50-52

Local use of iontophoresis with traditional Chinese herbal medicine, e.g., Gu-Sui-Bu (Rhizoma Drynariae) may accelerate orthodontic tooth movement

Department of Orthodontics, School of Stomatology, Fourth Military Medical University, China

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Yongming Li
Department of Orthodontics, School of Stomatology, The Fourth Military Medical University, 145 West Changle Road, 710032, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2155-8213.113008

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Introduction: Mechanical force is not the only means to cause tooth movement, but just one kind of stimuli for it. Biological stimuli, with potential of accelerating alveolar bone remodeling, other than mechanical force, have been attracted by orthodontists who are combating prolonged treatment duration. It has been approved that some traditional Chinese medicines, such as Gu-Sui-Bu (Rhizoma Drynaria), affect the process of bone remodeling. The Hypothesis: We make the hypothesis that local use of iontophoresis with Gu-Sui-Bu (Rhizoma Drynaria) as a non-invasive and safe drug delivery system with no trauma, risk of infection or damage to patients is a new potential approach for accelerating orthodontic tooth movement, and shorten the orthodontic treatment time. Evaluation of the Hypothesis: Gu-Sui-Bu is effective at inducing bone remodeling, and iontophoresis as a non-invasive technique for drug delivery, is suitable for the transmission of some traditional Chinese herbal medicines into periodontal tissues.

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