Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation - Dr. Colin Richman

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Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation

January 15, 2013

By: Dr. Colin Richman

As an alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment, which can last approximately 18 and 24 months, many orthodontists and periodontists are opting for a technique known as accelerated orthodontics to effectively straighten smiles.

With Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation (POPA), most patients can enjoy a newly straightened smile in as few as 3-8 months. For adult orthodontic patients who are deterred by the thought of spending months or years in braces, this speedier option is particularly attractive. It’s also an appealing option for teenaged patients who often look forward to completing their orthodontic treatment as soon as possible.

Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation (POPA) is considered a “fast track” method for repositioning the teeth because the technique effectively alters the structure of the surrounding bone for a more rapid result. Traditionally, orthodontic treatment has been performed by simply applying steady force to the teeth. Accelerated orthodontics enables the periodontist to promote faster movement by also altering the bone.

To successfully complete your treatment, your orthodontist and periodontist will work together on your behalf. Specifically-designed Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation (POPA) appliances will be placed on the teeth, and then you’ll visit your periodontist for an outpatient surgical procedure.

Your visit will involve a preliminary gum surgery that may include the removal of a small amount of bone. This step prepares the jawbone for the tooth movement, followed by the remineralization of the surrounding bone. Following the surgery, you’ll need to allow approximately 7-10 days for recovery and then continue to visit you orthodontist for regularly scheduled evaluations and adjustments.

This procedure has yielded impressive and predictable results, plus, it has enabled many patients to avoid more invasive and extensive jaw surgery in the quest for better alignment.

Who wouldn’t love to enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile as quickly as possible? To find out if the Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation (POPA) technique is right for you, and to learn more about the details of the procedure, call 770-442-1010 to schedule your personalized consultation today.

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