Prof. Dr. Arina Vinereanu
Dr Arina Vinereanu graduated in 1991 from the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Carol Davila University, Bucharest, Romania. She finished her PhD in 2005 (thesis “Principles of prosthetic restorations in the child an adolescent”), has specialist’s degrees in general dentistry and orthodontics, postgraduate degrees in paediatric dentistry and implantology and became a consultant in 2000. Dr Vinereanu authored a book and over 100 scientific papers published/presented in Romania and abroad. Worked as an academic in the Paedodontics Department of the Faculty of Dental Medicine – Carol Davila University until 2007. Member of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) and of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD), EAPD Councilor for Romania and Secretary General of the Romanian National Association of Paediatric Dentistry (ANSPR), Dr Vinereanu is a certified lecturer by the Romanian College of Dentists and teaches post-graduate courses in various fields of paediatric dentistry. Currently runs own dental clinic in Bucharest.
Interception of dento – maxillary anomalies – crossroads between paedodontics and orthodontics
An intersection territory for mastication, speech, breathing and appearance, the dento-maxillary system is intensely influenced by its functions – and dysfunctions. Chronic alteration of one oral function (such as mouth breathing), or long-term habits (like finger sucking, sleeping on a favourite toy, lip biting in response to stress, protrusion of mandible in protest) are dysfunctional factors whose long-term action may result in misbalancing the functional muscle matrix, with subsequent anatomic alterations of the arches, malocclusion and even posture problems. These alterations may, in time, lead to severe consequences, not only functional (such as speech disorders or impossibility to bite on food), but sometimes also psychologic.
Early diagnostic and therapy of oral dyfunctions can substantially limit unwanted consequences, ease treatment and enhance final outcome. As the first paedodontic visit is – ideally- scheduled around the age of 3 years, the paedodontist can have the opportunity to early detect potential problems and help fix them. Once the etiologic or worsening functional factor removed, the anomaly will be less severe and therefore easier to treat and treatment results will be more stable. Interception of dento-maxillary anomalies by early detection and correction of altered oral functions can sometimes help young patients avoid extensive and expensive orthodontic treatment, also limiting the otherwise high potential of relapse.