Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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What Can I Do If My Child Is Missing a Permanent Tooth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 30th, 2017
What Can I Do If My Child Is Missing a Permanent Tooth?

Children typically lose their last baby tooth around age 12. In most, the loss of a baby tooth is followed almost immediately by the eruption of the corresponding permanent one. If a baby tooth has been lost and a replacement does not appear in a reasonable amount of time, it could be because it is crowded, impacted (headed in wrong direction), or missing. The best way to determine what is going on is a dental x-ray. What can be done if your child is missing a tooth? There are three options when a permanent tooth is missing: 1) preserve the…

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Why Aren’t My Child’s Permanent Teeth Coming In?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 30th, 2017
Why Aren’t My Child’s Permanent Teeth Coming In?

Did your son or daughter lose a baby tooth months ago and there is still no sign of a replacement tooth? Here are two common reasons (and three rare ones) why this sometimes happens. First, for a permanent tooth to erupt into place, there must be sufficient space. The permanent teeth in the front of the mouth are much wider than the baby teeth they replace. Ideally, by the time a baby tooth is lost, there should be extra space on either side of it so that the permanent tooth will have plenty of room. If there is not enough…

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What Happens at Your First Orthodontic Appointment?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 15th, 2016
What Happens at Your First Orthodontic Appointment?

It is normal to be nervous anytime you are doing something for the first time. If you’ve never been to see an orthodontist before, it is not surprising that you may be wondering what is going to happen at that visit. Here’s what your first visit will be like in my office… As with all visits to any healthcare provider, there will always be some preliminary “paperwork” that will need to be taken care of before we get started. This can take place on our website, by filling out the paperwork that we’ve mailed to your home, or by filling…

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Should Braces Go On Before the Baby Teeth Are Gone?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 17th, 2016
Should Braces Go On Before the Baby Teeth Are Gone?

I’m a believer in two-phase treatment. I recommend two-phase treatment when young patients (usually 7 to 10 years old) have problems so severe that waiting until they are teenagers would make treatment more difficult, take longer, or leave them socially handicapped through their elementary and junior high years. But what about starting treatment in teenagers who still have baby teeth remaining? Do all baby teeth need to be gone before the second or comprehensive phase of treatment begins? One of the first things I look for in an initial orthodontic exam in teenagers is the presence of primary or baby…

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What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on July 21st, 2015
What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

Many patients are referred to the orthodontist by their dentist because their “bite is off.” Often when they arrive in my office however, they are confused because they are already happy with the appearance of their smile. What does an ideal bite really look like? The best way to describe a healthy bite it is by looking at it from three different views. Let’s start from the front. The front view is what patients first see when they look in the mirror. Ideally, the edges of the upper front teeth should parallel the top of the lower lip. If the…

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