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In addition to a visual exam with the naked eye, the dentists and hygienists at West Market Dental also utilize the Velscope to help with the screening for oral cancer. There is no additional charge for the Velscope oral cancer screening since it is included as a part of the new patient exam and check-up.
There are three basic categories of treatment.
- Behavioral therapy helps a child avoid thumb-sucking through various techniques such as reminder therapy and reward systems. Reminder therapy is useful for children who are ready to discontinue the habit. Nagging a child about a habit will most likely prolong it. Reward systems usually involve the use of a calendar, on which is star is placed for every day in which no thumb habit is observed. A reward is given to the child after a certain number of stars have been earned. Behavioral therapy works best if all people involved in the child's care follow the treatment plan. The biggest problem with behavioral therapy alone is that children will thumb suck at night to comfort themselves, especially when tired, and so children will often continue the habit at night subconsciously. Placing an Ace Bandage around the elbow at night can help with this. In the Ace Bandage technique, an elastic bandage is wrapped around the elbow at bedtime. As the child falls asleep, the pressure from the bandage removes the thumb from the mouth. The disadvantages of this last technique are: possible decreased blood flow to the arm so care must be taken to ensure the bandage is not too tight, and a lower success rate than compared to appliance therapy.
- Kid Giddy can be used for children with severe thumb-sucking problems. A thumb device is usually made of nontoxic material and is worn over the child's thumb. It is held in place with straps that go around the wrist. A thumb device prevents a child from being able to suck his or her thumb and is worn all day. It is removed after the child has gone 48 hours without trying to suck a thumb. The device is put back if the child starts to suck his or her thumb again. Placing tape or a bandage over the thumb is another method. Unfortunately, most older kids will be able to remove the tape or bandages themselves. MAVALA Stop is another innovative product that has been shown to be very effective. MAVALA Stop is a harmless, transparent nail polish that has a distinct bitter taste. It needs to be reapplied every couple of days.
In general, ankyloglossia should be treated right after birth if it affects the child's breast/ bottle feeding. Otherwise, it can be treated at age five or six in order to prevent speech or dental problems. We do not treat children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old for this procedure. Kids with ankyloglossia will usually have a hard time making the "r" and "l" sounds.
The Pola Day/Night treatment is a take home do-it-yourself kit to be applied to your teeth in the comfort of your own home. An impression of your teeth is taken at our office and a custom tray is made for you to take home with your kit of Pola day/night.
Depending on the level of staining on your teeth, and the health of your teeth, we will supply you with Pola Day/Night at varying levels of carbamide peroxide gel concentrations. These percentages will be marked on the syringes. Wear the trays in your mouth for the time recommended . More information will be provided upon your dental visit.
For more information on POLA Advanced Tooth Whitening System, feel free to contact us or visit POLA website.
At this time we do not offer POLA Office. As an alternative, we do offer ZOOM Teeth whitening for in-office treatments.
With straighter teeth, there is less tarter build-up and a decreased risk for cavities between the teeth.
The treatment took approximately 12 months to complete.
Like most of our Invisalign patients, it was an easy decision for him when he discovered the option of Invisalign, the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth.
The orthodontic treatment was completed in 8 months.
Because the teeth were not loose, splinting was not necessary. The four broken teeth were bonded using color matched fillings.
The teeth may need root canal treatment in the future and when he turns 18 years old or so, the bonding will need to be replaced with crowns or veneers.
Three of the bottom teeth were hit hard enough to fracture the surrounding bone. The metal retainer was originally sitting behind the teeth but somehow the teeth got pushed behind the wire.
A top tooth was chipped and extremely loose from the trauma. The tooth was close to being knocked out.
The metal retainer on the bottom was removed. The three teeth and fractured bone segment were repositioned.
The top and bottom teeth were splinted for two weeks using bonded rigid stainless steel wires. A few stitches were placed for minor lip lacerations.
Upon splint removal, traditional orthodontic brackets and wires were placed and left in place until full recovery.
Some of the teeth will likely discolor and need root canal treatment in the future.