Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that caters for infants, children, and adolescents. The following are frequently asked questions about pediatric dentistry.You should book an appointment with the dentist immediately after the first tooth erupts. The America Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests an appointment at the age of one or six months after the…
Oral Surgery May Be Necessary As Part of Your Orthodontics Procedure
We perform oral surgery for patients with a variety of oral health concerns. What many people don't realize is that when getting an orthodontics treatment, surgery is often part of the overall process. When straightening your teeth, there are multiple aspects that we need to address. In our Placentia office, we can help you to straighten your teeth with a smile makeover or work with your orthodontics provider to address any challenges that they are unable to correct.
The procedure is different for each patient
In order to understand why it helps to understand what we must address when using orthodontics to straighten teeth. First, we must move the teeth into position. If the patient has crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth or teeth growing behind other teeth, braces or aligners can typically move them into position. Before doing so, however, there must be enough room in the mouth for all of the teeth. At times, we must expand the palate using an oral appliance.
As a provider of oral surgery, we often work with orthodontics offices when a tooth is simply not responding to braces or aligners. There are times where certain teeth simply are not moving into position and in this situation, the only choice is to leave the tooth intact or replace it with a dental implant. An implant functions like a natural tooth and by securing a titanium post into the jawbone, it will behave like one as well.
In fact, the body will think that the post is a natural root due to the process of osseointegration. While we typically do not recommend replacing teeth for no reason, if the patient undergoes years of orthodontics, leaving one crooked tooth can be beyond frustrating. If this happens, we can finish the process by replacing the tooth with a straight and beautiful one.
We can correct a large number of oral health issues
The second aspect of straightening teeth involves correcting the jaw. If the patient has a misaligned jaw, it will negatively influence the smile and even the facial appearance. For example, if the patient has a severe overbite, underbite or crossbite, it will not matter how straight the teeth are since the entire appearance will be affected. We can often align the bite with an orthodontics provider using oral appliances. This is a non-invasive method and by using things like rubber bands strung from an upper to lower bracket, the jaw can start to move into position. However, if the jaw is too far misaligned, it may not respond to oral appliances, creating the need for oral surgery.
Correcting your jaw is more important than simply improving your appearance. A misaligned jaw, can place undue pressure onto your teeth and cause damage, irritation, and even headaches. For this reason, many people will seek to correct their jaw and oral health issues, regardless of whether or not they like their smile. As an oral surgeon, we can examine your mouth and provide a recommendation for the steps you should take to correct your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry plays a considerable role when it comes to how people feel about themselves. It can instantly transform the appearance of a person's smile, giving them a much-needed confidence boost. It is impossible to overstate the role that your teeth play when it comes to your appearance. It is one of the things people…
Dental sealants are coats of thin plastic that are painted on a patient's teeth. They are applied to the biting surfaces, and they help to prevent tooth decay. Sealants do this by preventing food particles, bacteria and acids from getting into the grooves on them.Think of dental sealants as a form of artificial enamel. It…
TMJ pain makes it difficult for people who are affected to speak and eat.Fortunately, the condition, which affects over three million people, can be treated.The temporomandibular joint is a joint that acts like a hinge that connects the jawbone to the skull, with one on each side of the jaw. Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder…