Effect of local administration of simvastatin on orthodontic tooth movement in rabbits
Introduction: Maintaining tooth anchorage during orthodontic treatment has challenged orthodontists and threatening the success of some orthodontic therapy. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of local administration of simvastatin on orthodontic tooth movement. Methods: Nickel-titanium coil springs were used to induce orthodontic tooth movement in 10 white New Zealand rabbits for 21 days. A split-mouth design was implemented where one mandibular quadrant received local administration of simvastatin and the corresponding mandibular quadrant received control vehicle solution on a weekly basis. Magnitudes of tooth movement were measured on 3-dimensional models of the experimental teeth. Animals were killed at the end of the experimental period to allow histomorphometric analysis of alveolar bone modeling. Results: The total magnitude of tooth movement in the quadrant receiving simvastatin was significantly less than that in the quadrant receiving control vehicle solution. Local administration of simvastatin resulted in a significant percentage of inhibition of tooth movement of 39.8 ± 22.6%. Histomorphometric analysis revealed a significant reduction in the numbers of osteoclasts and areas of active bone-resorptive lacunae hindering bone resorption processes in the quadrant receiving simvastatin. Conclusions: Local administration of simvastatin can reduce the rate and magnitude of orthodontic tooth movement. Moreover, local administration of simvastatin diminishes bone resorption processes associated with orthodontic tooth movement reducing the number of osteoclasts and the subsequent area of active bone resorption.
Faculty of Dentistry
Health Sciences, General Dentistry
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AlSwafeeri, Hani; ElKenany, Walid; Mowafy, Mohamed; and Karam, Sahar, "Effect of local administration of simvastatin on orthodontic tooth movement in rabbits" (2019). Faculty of Dentistry. 16.