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The methods by which legal rights are enforced; the specific machinery for carrying on a lawsuit, including process, the pleadings, rules of evidence, and rules of Civil Procedure or Criminal Procedure.

The form, manner, and order of steps taken in conducting a lawsuit are all regulated by procedural law, which regulates how the law will be administered. Substantive Law creates and defines rights that exist under the law.


Civil Procedure.

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n. the methods and mechanics of the legal process. These include filing complaints, answers and demurrers, serving documents on the opposition, setting hearings, depositions, motions, petitions, interrogatories, preparing orders, giving notice to the other parties, conduct of trials, and all the rules and laws governing that process. Every state has a set of procedural statutes (often called the Codes of Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure), courts have so-called "local rules," which govern times for filing documents, conduct of the courts and other technicalities. Law practice before the federal courts operates under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure). Procedural law is distinguished from "substantive" law, which involves the statutes and legal precedents upon which cases are tried and judgments made.

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Patient experience pain as a result of pressure on the PDL, that causes ischemia, inflammation and edema which leads to pain.3 Majority of the orthodontic procedures like separator placement, banding, bonding, wire change and even debonding are associated with some form of pain and discomfort, but the intensity of this pain is highly fluctuating and varies from patient to patient.3,4
The OIG said the clinic should repay the state millions for performing medically unnecessary orthodontic procedures. But the administrative judge sided with Harlingen Family Dentistry, which argued that determining the medical necessity of orthodontic care was subjective under the state's Medicaid rules.
The survey, which comes as the Cosmetic Dentistry Guide listed orthodontic procedures as one of the top five trends for 2010, also found almost as many men as women believed they would benefit from wearing the devices.
Many of our plans cover up to four cleanings a year, implants, and orthodontic procedures. Select plans offer a carryover benefit feature that allows qualified enrollees to accumulate annual benefit amounts to use in furore coverage periods.
Each so-called aligner is designed to be worn for two weeks, and the series gradually straightens teeth over a period comparable to other orthodontic procedures.
For this reason, preventive procedures were more likely to be subject to incentive schedules than complex restorative and orthodontic procedures.
Owing to higher incidence of accidental ingestion observed in clinical orthodontics, a standard guideline for the prevention and management of this complication is a must during orthodontic procedures (2, 3, 8-10).

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