What Periodontal-Orthodontic procedures does Coastal Jaw Surgery perform?
Working in conjunction with your orthodontist, there are many ways our periodontist can help get you the best care and results possible with your orthodontic procedure. We offer several periodontal-orthodontic services which we’ll go over in today’s blog post.
Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics/Wilckodontics
Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics, also known as Wilckodontics, involves a combination of periodontal and orthodontic treatment in order to speed up the time that a patient has to wear braces. Bone stimulation spurs the bone to remodel, allowing for faster tooth movement. This technique takes advantage of this phenomenon (known as the regional acceleratory phenomenon, or RAP). According to studies, tooth movement via this periodontal procedure is 2-3 times faster than with traditional braces alone. Our periodontist would work in conjunction with your orthodontist to coordinate this treatment in order to obtain the best functional and aesthetic result in the least time possible.
The canines, or “eye teeth,” often do not emerge through the bone and soft tissues and into the dental arch the way other teeth do. When this happens, the canine is impacted. In order to bring this impacted tooth into the dental arch where it should be, we perform a procedure known as a canine exposure. This procedure involves accessing the tooth by folding back the gum tissue and recontouring the bone, bonding an orthodontic bracket to the impacted tooth, and attaching that bracket to the orthodontic arch wire to which rest of the teeth are attached. Once this tooth is exposed, the orthodontist can activate the tooth and begin moving it into its correct position. Our periodontist would coordinate with your orthodontist to ensure a timely and aesthetic treatment outcome.
Soft Tissue Grafting to Thicken Tissues and Prevent Recession During Orthodontic Treatment
In some cases, prior to a patient getting braces, or even during the time that a patient has braces, the gum tissues are thin and need to be thickened. Soft tissue grafting can thicken the tissues so that recession does not develop as a result of orthodontic tooth movement.
In other cases, a patient does not have enough resilient tissue (known as attached and keratinized gingiva). This lack of tissue can lead to recession. In these instances, soft tissue grafting procedures can be performed by our surgeons to add more of this resilient gingiva and prevent recession. In situations where recession is already present, this soft tissue grafting helps prevent the recession from getting worse.
Learn more about how our periodontist can work with your orthodontist to provide you the best care possible. At our offices in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill, Florida, we’ve helped thousands of patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles. To learn more about our dental implants, oral surgery, Same Day Teeth®, and periodontal services, give us a call at 1-800-NEW-LOOK or use the contact form below to reach out to us with any questions you may have.
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