Dr. Gabriela Kjurchieva-Chuchkova received her dental and orthodontic education at the Faculty of Dental Medicine, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje; Master Degree in 1995, Specialization in 1996, and PhD in 2005. She is Assocciate Professor at the Faculty of Dental Medicine, Department of Orthodontics, University Dental Clinical Center, Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and President of the Macedonian Orthodontic Society.
Her main research interests are growth and development of the craniofacial skeleton, cephalometric standards, early orthodontic treatment, functional orthodontic treatment, interdisciplinary treatment of impacted teeth. Dr. Kjurchieva-Chuchkova is author of scientific papers published in national and international journals, and invited reviewer of the journal of the Anthropological Society of Serbia. She presented her work at conferences and congresses home and abroad, as an invited lecturer.
She is member of the scientific boards of national congresses with international participation and editor of a book of abstracts from congresses. She is a member of the editorial board for 50 years beyond Faculty of Dental medicine, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje, 2010.
She is member of the Macedonian Orthodontic Society (MOS) (President), Macedonian Dental Society (MDS), Dental Chamber of Macedonia, member of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS), World Federation of Orthodontics (WFO), Anthropological Society of Serbia (ADS), Balkan Stomatologic Society (BaSS), Balkan Association of Orthodontic Specialists (BAOS).
INVITED LECTURE: Myofunctional treatment approach at developing dentition.
The main goal of myofunctional orthodontic treatment lies in achieving proper functional occlusion, significant improvement in the facial profile, and stable and healthy temporomandibular joint. As we eager to obtain proper treatment results using myofunctional orthodontic techniques, we need a completely new approach to the diagnosis and treatment. Since malocclusion is a variation of normal growth and development in a growing dentition it is very important to understand both the craniofacial morphology and craniofacial growth. We have to focus on soft tissue dysfunction as the driving force behind malocclusion.
When diagnosing a patient’s malocclusion and prescribing myofunctional orthodontic treatment, it is crucial to understand how the forces of the muscles and other myofunctional habits can affect not only the crowding of the teeth, but facial development and underdeveloped jaws. The teeth and their associated support structures respond to applied forces with a complex biologic reaction. To achieve a precise biologic response precise functional forces have to be applied. The link from biology to treatment plan and treatment results should be considered for every case.
Soft tissue dysfunction influences the orthodontic treatment outcome and stability. Scientific assessment in orthodontic care aims to substitute the traditional concepts by appliances which are more compfortable and less invasive. Properly identifying soft tissue dysfunction and correctly treating these problems allows for better myofunctional orthodontic treatment. Once these are improved, more stable results can be achieved in less time.