What Are Orthodontic Adjunctive Procedures?

The goal of orthodontic treatments is to provide patients with a healthy smile and most importantly a fully functional bite that lasts a lifetime! However, sometimes orthodontic treatment alone is not enough to address all of your problems. That is why you may require orthodontic adjunctive procedures ( additional treatments ) to help you achieve or maintain the desired orthodontic outcome.

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Your frenulum is a piece of tissue that prevents an organ from moving. There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.

A Frenectomy is considered a minor surgical procedure that is performed in your periodontist’s office. It can be performed with either a scalpel or laser and normally takes less than 15 minutes. By using a laser, this can cause very little bleeding and does not require stitches. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. Young children and infants are put under general anesthesia for the procedure and adults have the procedure performed using local anesthesia. If your child needs a Frenectomy, there is nothing to worry about. The procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort.

A Frenectomy can generally before performed in as little as one office visit.

TAD placement

TAD is short for Temporary Anchorage Device.  It is simply a very small screw that goes wherever the periodontist needs to move your teeth. The goal for example is insert a TAD in order to move the last molar forward in a patient that is missing a first molar. This will save the patient an expensive bridge restoration or the even more expensive dental implant restoration.

The TAD cannot move the tooth all by itself. It will have to be connected to the teeth with a light spring. The spring is used to pull the back molar forward, closing the space without affectingthe other teeth.

The TAD simply acts as an anchor and it will be removed once it is no longer needed. It is in place only temporarily for as long as it is needed to move teeth.

Tooth Exposure for Braces

Since Canine Teeth (“eye teeth”) often tend to develop into the wrong position and fail to erupt (appear) into the correct position in the mouth. It becomes necessary to expose the tooth surgically and then bond a metal bracket with a chain to the tooth so your tooth can slowly be pulled into the correct position.

Early recognition of the impacted eye teeth is the key to successful treatment. Unfortunately, the older the patient the more likely the impacted eye tooth will not erupt into position by natural forces alone.

Wilckodontics (Periodontal Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics)

As most patients tell us, wearing braces can be quite a nuisance and many decline the needed orthodontic work because of the lengthy treatment timed involved. Normally most orthodontic treatments take 1.5 to 3 years to complete. Wilckodontics allows you to have braces that can be “In and Out” in as little as 3 to 8 months.

This is accomplished by combining efficient orthodontic mechanics and exploiting the dynamics of bone physiology to redirect the tooth movement. Your West Calgary Periodontist can stimulate and harness the innate potentials of the living bone inside your teeth and they can be made to move rapidly into the desired Orthodontic position.

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