When your orthodontist is trying to move your teeth, he also needs to work with the laws of physics. If you start to pull on the teeth, there’s a chance that they will slide the wrong way—especially if you are just trying to close a gap or move a single tooth. In these situations, what is an oral surgeon to do? Dr. Leslie H. Sultan has a solution: skeletal anchorage surgery.
When Do You Need This Surgery?
Skeletal anchorage surgery is needed when there are large gaps in the teeth or bite. For example, if your son has an open bite due to sucking his thumb, he might need this surgery to fix it. Or if you have deeply impacted molars, this could be the solution. After consulting with Dr. Sultan, he will be able to tell you if this is a viable solution for whatever oral problem you are facing.
What Does It Entail?
Essentially, a tiny screw is placed in the jaw to be used as an anchor. This keeps the other teeth in place, while a series of plates and springs helps move the teeth that need to be adjusted. While this might sound painful, it is no more uncomfortable than normal braces. Dr. Sultan is a professional who makes the situation as comfortable as possible for you. The screw is so small that, while you will be numbed during installation, you feel no pain as it is placed, and there is surprisingly no pain while the screw is in your mouth.
Prevention is the Best Cure
Of course, the best part about these tiny anchors is that they prevent a variety of other serious treatments. Why worry about embarrassing and uncomfortable headgear, extra years of braces, or even tooth extraction or jaw surgery when you can use skeletal anchors to fix the problems in just a few short months.
Talk with your orthodontist and Dr. Leslie Sultan about what this surgery can do for you. It can probably help you get a nice, new smile, free of gaps and full of charm.