Explaining How Oral Surgeons Can Help With Orthodontic Surgery

August 15, 2017

Many people are shocked to learn oral surgeons often assist with orthodontic surgery. The general dentist and Dr. Tomlinson work together to ensure the teeth are aligned and erupted properly. Erupted is a process in tooth development, in which the teeth enter the mouth and become visible. However, if there is an issue, Dr. Tomlinson will provide his expertise and skill to the situation.

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4 Common Scenarios Where Oral Surgeons Are Needed

Oral surgeons performing orthodontic surgery is more common than many people realize. Different scenarios where oral surgeons are needed include impacted canines, the use of anchorage devices, surgical uprighting, and surgical corticotomy.

Impacted Canines

An impacted canine occurs when a tooth does not erupt properly in the mouth. Interestingly, most impacted canines occur in the upper jaw instead of the lower jaw. Regardless, the canines must be treated before braces can be applied.

Treatment options range from simply keeping a watchful eye on how the tooth progresses to surgical extraction. When preparing your mouth for braces, a traction device is placed on the canine. This device helps pull the tooth into position so braces can be applied.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Unfortunately, teeth are not always in a good position. When this happens, an anchorage device may be necessary to move teeth into the proper position. This device will facilitate teeth movement and is later removed. Under anesthesia or sedation, the anchorage will be placed in your mouth and will get to work!

Surgical Uprighting

When teeth erupt from the gums in a way that is not functional, it negatively affects oral hygiene. Oftentimes, the tooth is stuck under the crown of the tooth ahead of it. Depending on personal history and the unique situation, surgical repositioning may be necessary. Another option is to extract the tooth altogether.

Surgical Corticotomy

This option is a great way to move teeth into position and ready them for braces. This procedure moves the teeth at a steady pace but not so fast that complications occur. Alongside the general dentist, Dr. Tomlinson will care for and communicate with you about your surgery.

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