Specialty Care Combined to Deliver Your Best Smile Yet
In some cases, a combination of periodontal surgery and orthodontic procedures must be performed to ensure optimal results for a patient’s smile and oral health. Dr. Lauren Anderson partners with orthodontic specialists to determine and perform an appropriate timeline of necessary periodontal procedures within the orthodontic treatment plan. While some periodontal services prepare the mouth for orthodontics, others are best performed during or in post-treatment phases of care.
Periodontal Conditions and Orthodontic Procedures
A number of conditions may require the need for both periodontal and orthodontic procedures. These include:
- Missing teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Narrow arch
- High palatal vault
- Sleep apnea
- Disordered breathing
- Pulling or malpositioned frenum (lip/tongue-ties)
- Gingival overgrowth, bulbous gum tissue (following braces removal)
We Offer a Variety of Periodontal Procedures for Orthodontic Treatment Plans
As an accomplished periodontal surgeon, Dr. Anderson is highly skilled at performing orthodontically-related periodontal procedures for patients of all ages.
Airway Periodontics and Orthodontic Procedures:
Airway periodontics facilitates success of orthodontic procedures by increasing oral volume and enhancing airway capabilities. In some cases, periodontal-assisted orthodontic procedures can minimize the effects of sleep disorders. When sleep apnea or other disordered breathing conditions are caused by a tongue positioned too far back in the mouth, periodontal procedures can assist in improving tongue positioning, creating a more open airway.
Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Therapy (SFOT)
SFOT takes a multi-disciplinary approach to delivering predictable results. Combining periodontal, oral surgery and orthodontic procedures, SFOT manipulates bone positioning, regrowth and expansion, among other processes, to improve the success of orthodontic procedures.
Impacted Tooth (Canine) Exposure
With this procedure, Dr. Anderson removes a small amount of gum and bone tissue to reveal a portion of an impacted tooth surface. An orthodontic bracket is then bonded to the tooth, which the orthodontist activates to guide the impacted tooth into proper positioning.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
A TAD is a small implant placed within the jaw bone, used in combination with an orthodontic chain or wire as anchorage to pull teeth into proper positioning. Unlike traditional tooth replacement implants, TADs are implants that do not fuse with the bone and are easily removed following orthodontic procedures.
Maxillary Skeletal Expansion (MSE)
Palatal expanson is used to widen a narrow arch, improving function and appearance. These orthodontic procedures include a custom-fit metal expander that is anchored into the hard palate, which incrementally expands the upper jaw when turned by a key. Surgical separation of the hard palate is the goal of therapy and can be used on both children and adults.
Performed following orthodontic procedures, gingival recontouring removes excess, bulbous or overgrown gum tissue. This treatment reshapes the gum line for an even, balanced smile.
A frenectomy corrects tongue- and lip-ties, assisting in orthodontic procedures designed to close a gap between the two front teeth or reposition the tongue in a more forward position for improved function and breathing.
Advanced Specialty Care Delivers Exceptional Oral Health Outcomes
As a board certified periodontist and esteemed member of the multi-disciplinary American Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Anderson works closely with orthodontists and airway specialists to aid in comprehensive orthodontic procedures. She has completed advanced education in airway periodontics and orthodontic-related periodontal therapy to provide the highest standard of care from our comfortable, state-of-the-art practice.