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Dental Facial Orthopedics

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  • 1048 North 204th Avenue

Service Description

Dental Facial Orthopedics is the term for guiding the growth of facial skeletal structures aiding in eruption of the permanent teeth, full expression of facial features and proper airway development. Fabricated according to specific radiographic measurements, dental facial orthopedic appliances (which look like "fancy retainers") apply gentle pressure to the upper and lower jaws stimulating bone growth and removing obstacles in the bite. This subtle pressure allows the jaws to grow creating necessary space for the eruption of permanent teeth. Likewise, this growth allows the airway to develop completely, the TMJ joints to function properly and facial structures like the nose and the chin to be more esthetic and balanced on the child's face. The philosophy of Dental Facial Orthopedics is to be preventative (aid in eruption of teeth) verses reactive (pull crowded teeth in a too small arch). By helping kids facial skeletal structures develop to their full potential, the need for traditional orthodontics (moving teeth) is minimized and the treatment time decreased. Braces are then used when the child is a teenager for smile esthetics only. The need to pull permanent teeth or have the child under-go extensive orthognathic surgery is very unlikely. How are growth patterns assessed? A Cephalometric X-ray is measured to determine growth patterns and inconsistencies between growth of the upper and lower jaws. Likewise, measurements are taken to determine if the child’s airway is constricted. Using these measurements, Dental Facial Orthopedic Appliances are designed to encourage jaw growth that will benefit the child. For example, if the upper jaw is too small or too far back...gentle pressure from an appliance encourages transverse and forward growth opening a constricted airway and providing space for the eruption of permanent teeth. As a general dentist, I have always believed in educating myself. My intent is provide the highest level of care everyday to every patient. Throughout this journey, it became evident that patients with Temporomandibular joint pain (TMD) were underserved, suffering and looking for answers. My mission became helping these individuals with more than just managing symptoms, I wanted to know the source of their problems. Our approach to splint therapy is unique, comprehensive, and health-centered. We are grateful to help so many.

Contact Details

  • 1048 North 204th Avenue , Omaha, Nebraska 68022, USA

    + (402) 289-2313

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