Ways We Support Your Orthodontic Treatment
Exposure of Unerupted Teeth
- Sometimes adult teeth don’t erupt into the mouth. An Open Tooth Exposure uncovers the unerupted tooth to allow it to come into the mouth naturally.
- A Closed Tooth Exposure is when a chain is bonded to the tooth to allow your Orthodontist to pull the tooth into proper position.
Periodontal Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics (PAOO)
- PAOO is a concept that utilizes surgical treatment to help speed up orthodontic treatment. This uses a combination of augmenting the bone, and the application of orthodontic tooth movement.
- PAOO surgery creates a boost in your own immune systems natural healing response, this response increases the ability for teeth to move through the bone. This is known as: Regional Acceleratory Phenomenon (RAP).
- PAOO can increase bone structure post treatment stability and decreases orthodontic treatment time and the potential of root shortening or resorption.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
- In most cases, it is not actually that the tooth is too short. The teeth appear short, because there is too much gum tissue covering them. To correct this the extra tissue is removed, and the gum tissue is reshaped to an ideal position. This results in a beautiful and proportional smile.
- A frenulum is a naturally occurring muscle attachment. Normally, a frenulum is between the front upper or lower teeth, and it attaches the inner aspect of the lip to the gum tissue.
- Although the frenulum is a muscle attachment it serves no functional purpose.
- The frenumlum can also be located under the tongue. If it attaches in the wrong place it can result in a person becoming “tongue tied”.
- Too large of a frenulum can contribute to gum recession. An excessively large frenulum can prevent teeth from coming together during orthodontic treatment.
- A Frenectomy is a simple procedure that eliminates the frenulum, and its harmful affects to the mouth.
Gum Tissue Grafts
- Many times gum tissue is very thin in certain areas, or there is gum recession. This thin tissue or recession can be detrimental in combination with orthodontic treatment. It could result in more tissue recession or tooth loss.
- Gum tissue grafts can be performed before, during or after orthodontic treatment.
- Gum Grafts involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue from the patient’s own palate to cover the exposed root of one or more teeth.
- Depending on your specific situation, Dr. Grimard will recommend the graft procedure that’s ideal for you.
TADs and Bone Plates
- TADs and Bone plates are surgically placed, and used as anchorage to help facilitate the movement of your teeth.
- Enables more effective and efficient orthodontic treatment.
- Can replace the need for headgear in orthodontic treatment.
- Designed to conserve teeth.
- Well tolerated by the patient.
- Enables orthodontic movement that would not be achievable without jaw surgery.