If you are having orthodontic treatment, your dentist may refer you to make sure you are healthy periodontally before you start tooth movement. In adults, moving teeth is traumatic for the teeth, tissue, and bone. Adults must be monitored carefully and frequently during treatment. We look for tooth resorption, bone resorption, excessive mobility, decay, and recession that exposes the tooth root. Prevention is key.
Even in children, recession and gum disease is possible. We treat many children before and during orthodontics for frenectomies, grafts, exposure of unerupted teeth, extraction of teeth, and placement of Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS).