Dr. Sarandeep Huja is Professor, Program Director of Orthodontics and Associate Dean at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Huja initially received his dental (1987) and orthodontic (1992) training from the Government Dental College and Hospital, Bombay. From 1993-2001, he was associated with three US institutions, receiving his MS (1995) from Marquette University, Milwaukee, his PhD (1999) and Orthodontic Certificate (1999) from Indiana University, Indianapolis and his DDS (2001) from University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, Lincoln. From 2001-2011, he was a faculty at the Ohio State University. In 2011 he moved the the University of Kentucky as Division Chief of Orthodontics. He is an advisor for both PhD and Masters graduate students. He has the PI on grants from the NIDCR, NIH, Corporate and Foundations. Dr. Huja is a member of the Midwest component of the E.H. Angle Society and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He serves as the Vice Chair of Planning and Awards Review Committee of the AAOF. Dr. Huja maintains an intramural faculty practice. His research seeks to understand bone remodeling, osteoclast biology and adaptation to physical forces including orthodontic tooth movement.

Title of Talk

Bone adaptation to skeletal anchors- a key element to clinical success


This lecture will begin by tracing the history of skeletal anchors in orthodontics. The order to understand bone adaptation to skeletal anchors concepts of bone modeling and remodeling will be reviewed with relevant examples. The bone biology and its relevance to understanding the use and choice of intralveolar and extraalveolar skeletal anchors will be highlighted. While intraalveolar skeletal anchors have been used extensively, one major advantage of extraalveolar skeletal anchors is the possibility of enmasse movements without the anchor interfering and being in the path of tooth movement. In addition, failure rates of skeletal anchors, the ability to provide anchorage for different dental and skeletal orthodontic applications vary widely between intra and extra alveolar skeletal anchors will be highlighted. Biologic factors that are indicative of success and failure of skeletal anchors will be debated. Finally, future designs of skeletal anchors based on biologic principles will be explored.