Adult Rehabilitative Orthodontics
Periodontal disease and Orthodontic malocclusions share an interesting and complicated relationship. It is estimated that over 75% of the American adult population exhibits some form of Periodontal disease requiring treatment intervention. In addition, it is also estimated that over 80% of the American adult population exhibits some degree of malocclusion (crooked teeth, abnormal bite) in need of orthodontic correction.
Periodontal disease and Orthodontic malocclusions can create the following serious aesthetic and functional issues:
– decreased bone support leading to tooth loss
– pathologic tooth migration and mobility
– receding gums
– decreased masticatory (chewing) capacity
– abnormal wear of tooth enamel and tooth decay
– abnormal jaw/bite relationship
– headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain
– overall lack of self esteem.
In such situations, a combined Periodontic, Orthodontic, and Dental Implant (if tooth loss exists) treatment protocol is necessary to achieve the most predictable prognosis for the maintenance of long term oral health, aesthetics and function.