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What is a space maintainer?

A space maintainer is a dental device used to maintain the space for the permanent to erupt  when a baby tooth is pulled prematurely on a child.  Space maintainers are used to prevent the other teeth from crowding into the extraction site and causing problems when the permanent tooth finally comes in to replace the […]

What is a bridge?

A bridge is used to replace missing permanent teeth when there are remaining teeth on both sides of the space where the teeth are missing.  It consists of crowns on the teeth on both sides of the the space where the teeth are missing and false teeth attached to the crowns with a connecting metal […]

Transitional Dentures: What are they?

One of the most difficult transitions patients have to make is going from their natural teeth to dentures.  Most of the problems arise from the fact that the dentures sit on top of the gum tissue and do not have anchorage in the bone, like the natural teeth do, for stabilization.  Another problem is that […]

Retainers: Removeable vs Fixed

After completion of orthodontic treatment, retainers are used to hold the teeth in place and prevent them from moving.  There are two different types of retainers used to do this, removeable or fixed retainers.  Fixed retainers usually consist of an orthodontic wire bonded onto the back of the anterior teeth and do not extend to […]

Orthodontics: treating muscles, bone, and teeth.

Many people think that orthodontics is just about straightening the teeth, but there are other things to consider.  The things we look at in our office are 1) muscle function 2) bone structure and 3) tooth alignment.  Of these three things muscle function is the strongest force of the three, then bone structure, and the […]

My child has an extra permanent tooth: Part 2

As a rule of thumb, extra permanent tooth should be extracted (removed) as soon as possible to prevent developmental problems with the dental arch (bone) or the dentition (teeth(,