Using technology to treat malocclusion, Prof. Ida Bagus Narmada gains professorship

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Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Narmada, drg., Sp.Ort (K), delivers his scientific speech. (Photo: M. Alif Fauzan)

UNAIR NEWS – Severe malocclusion can cause difficulty in jaw movement and phonetic disturbances, if may lead to disability or functional damage so it requires treatment. Psychologically, malocclusion can also affect aesthetic dentofacial and appearance of a person.

In his speech at the professorship inauguration ceremony of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Garuda Mukti Hall, Campus C UNAIR Management Office, Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Narmada, drg., Sp.Ort (K) presented his research on the malocclusion treatment in millennial era.

According to Prof. Ida Bagus, one of the etiology of malocclusion is genetic or hereditary. It causes malocclusion to grow and it can be inherited. As in Indonesia, there is a great diversity of tribes and races so individual growth and development variations are unlimited.

“It causes malocclusion to always be present in society, so we must continue to adapt and innovate in providing treatment and keeping abreast of the times,” said the Professor of Faculty of Dental Medicine.

Given these facts, Prof. Ida Bagus revealed that in this millennial era, there are news supporting examinations for its treatment, such as Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) and 3D intra oral scanners, which will help determine the diagnosis and current orthodontic treatment plan. The existence of the latest technology in the field of orthodontics enables efficiency and accuracy in carrying out malocclusion treatments.

Then, many of the patients undergoing malocclusion treatment have marginal bone loss. So according to Prof. Ida Bagus, planning therapy for each patient must consider periodontal tissue.

“So, researchers introduced a method to speed up dental orthodontic treatment. The acceleration of orthodontic treatment can be made possible by stimulating mechanotherapy, surgical therapy, and using pharmacological and herbal therapies, ” he said.

Furthermore, treatment of malocclusion in the millennial era uses Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) which functions to speed up treatment. According to Prof. Ida Bagus, various types of orthodontic fixed adhesive also began to emerge to get maximum results while still paying attention to patient safety and comfort.

“For example, treatment with aligners, by starting printing dental models with 3D Intra Oral Scanner and 3D Printing, which will get detailed, more accurate and faster results, and it is more comfortable for patients,” he said.

Prof. Ida Bagus also described about telehealth profession that studies the application of telecommunications and information technology to the practice of orthodontics with tele-orthodontics. Tele-orthodontics has potential to bridge access, provide specialist consultations, and bypass geographical barriers for the patient treatment. (*)

Author: Febrian Tito Zakaria Muchtar

Editor: Nuri Hermawan

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