Straighten Teeth in Less Time with Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation - Dr. Colin Richman

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Straighten Teeth in Less Time with Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation

September 15, 2014

By: Dr. Colin Richman

If you want to straighten your teeth, you may think that you only need to see an orthodontist. While it’s true that an orthodontist does have expertise in repositioning the teeth, you may be able to get results more quickly if a periodontist partners with your orthodontist.

Through a treatment known as Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation (POPA), the periodontist can cut the orthodontic treatment timeline in half in many cases, with some patients achieving the desired results in as little as three months.

(POPA) facilitates structural changes in the surrounding bone that allow the teeth to move more readily and quickly.

Specifically, the periodontist performs a gum surgery procedure in which some alveolar bone is removed from the jaw. As the bone re-mineralizes, the teeth can move into their new positions.

The POPA procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting, and most patients can expect a recovery period of a week to 10 days. If there are special considerations in your case, the periodontist will discuss them with you in advance.

The periodontist also will give you instructions on how to prepare for the surgery, as well as guidelines for post-operative self-care and important details such as signs of infections and when and how to follow-up with the periodontist in case of a problem.

Typically, the patient will begin this treatment course with the orthodontist, who places the appliances on the teeth prior to the surgery.

After the surgery, the patient then continues to follow up with the orthodontist, who makes the necessary adjustments to obtain the desired movement of the teeth. Most POPA patients will see their braces come off in less than a year.

If you don’t want to wait for a year or two to enjoy a straighter smile, contact our team to see if Pre-Orthodontic Periodontal Augmentation might be right for you. Most cases are appropriate for this intervention. Just think, you can be sporting a more beautiful smile in a matter of months!

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