Periodontists are often involved in the care of patients who are having orthodontic treatment.
Occasionally, adult teeth get stuck in the jawbone and do not come into place as desired. This is often seen in the upper canine teeth and is often apparent by the early teens. Thankfully, these teeth can be brought into proper position with the use of braces, following a minor surgical procedure to expose the tooth that is stuck.
Teeth that are being moved for orthodontic reasons sometimes lack the desired tough, healthy gum tissue on one or more sides. Moving teeth with inadequate gum tissue can lead to gum recession during or after braces. In order to prevent this, gum grafting is frequently recommended before moving teeth with braces.
A frenum is a small piece of tissue that restricts the movement of another tissue. In the mouth, frena connect the cheeks to the gums, but in some cases can place an abnormal amount of pressure on the gums with pulling. This is termed a “frenum pull” and can increase the chance of gum recession. In some cases, the frenum is quite large and may be of a cosmetic concern when a patient smiles. A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure to augment or remove the frenulum.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
In many cases, wisdom tooth removal is recommended in the patient’s late teens, often coinciding with the end of orthodontic treatment. For most people, there is a lack of space in the jaw, which prevents the wisdom teeth from erupting properly. Impacted wisdom teeth can create a variety of problems including pain, infection, and bone loss around neighboring teeth. Wisdom tooth removal are most frequently completed with the use of IV sedation. As every situation is unique, Dr.Joslin can review your case and suggest a suitable treatment plan.