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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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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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Do Braces Make the Roots of Your Teeth Shorter?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 23rd, 2013
Do Braces Make the Roots of Your Teeth Shorter?

I was recently asked to be an expert witness against another orthodontist in my community that had “caused” some root shortening (root resorption) in one of his patients. Could something that orthodontist did actually have caused the roots to get shorter? How serious is root resorption? Can it be prevented or treated? Braces work by creating little cramps or “Charlie Horses” around each tooth. The enzymes that are summoned by orthodontic forces cause old bone to dissolve where there is pressure and new bone to be formed where there is a void. These responses are normal and are the basis…

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What is the Purpose of an Orthodontic Observation or Recall Appointment?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on December 17th, 2012
What is the Purpose of an Orthodontic Observation or Recall Appointment?

Moms and dads have busy schedules. Picking their children up from school and taking them to the orthodontist is no small task. Sometimes the appointments are very short and seemingly meaningless. One of these appointments is the observation or recall visit. These appointments are usually less than 15 minutes and many wonder if they are necessary at all. Recall or observation appointments are very important, and here’s why… Observation or recall visits are scheduled for orthodontic patients who are either not yet quite ready for braces or have had an interceptive phase of treatment and are waiting for their remaining…

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Why Does the Orthodontist Need Another X-ray?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on November 26th, 2012
Why Does the Orthodontist Need Another X-ray?

Your son just had “X-rays” taken at the dentist last month. Why does the orthodontist need to take another one? In fact, why do orthodontists need X-rays at all? X-rays, officially called radiographs, are images created when a beam of radiation passes through the body and hits a sensor (or a piece of film in older machines) on the other side. X-rays have the ability to create pictures revealing the differences in the densities of the tissues through which they pass. The “shadows” cast on the digital sensor or film allow doctors to see objects hidden by the skin and…

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