Posts Tagged ‘Yukon’

Orthodontics Part 3: Orthognathic Surgical Treatment

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Hereditary (genetic) factors directly influence growth and development of the upper and lower jaws SEPARATELY. The skull is one bone, and the mandible (lower jaw) is an entirely separate bone, derived from a different hereditary source. Sometimes growth between the two jaws does not match due to a mismatch of these two hereditary growth factors. There can be variances in widths in growths of the jaws.

When the lower jaw is SHORT in relation to the upper jaw, relative protrusion of the upper front teeth is the result. The upper front teeth are usually in correction positions in relation to the upper jaw and face. The problem is that the lower jaw is short by comparison, and has always been short since embryonic development started. One jaw has not grown more or less than the other jaw. The relative balance between the two jaws was never correct.

When the lower jaw is too LONG in relation to the upper jaw, “underbite” is the result. If the upper jaw has not grown ENOUGH in length and width, underbite is still the result, but for a different reason.

Surgical correction of the relative imbalances of growth between the jaws is necessary to be combined with orthodontic treatment because there isn’t sufficient bone to move the teeth in one jaw enough to match the other jaw.

Usually, braces are worn for a period of twelve months prior to orthognathic surgery to adjust the teeth so they will fit together, upper and lower, when the surgical correction of the jaws is done. The braces are used to help stabilize the healing bone following surgery. Also, it is usually necessary to wear braces six to eight months following orthodontic surgery to adjust the teeth to match properly.

The next step is to visit an orthognathic surgeon, an oral surgeon who has had specialized training in surgery of the jaws. The surgeon’s office will file insurance for the recommended care. Placement of braces will follow insurance approval and/or the proper financial arrangements made for the complete treatment, surgery plus braces.

We know you have a choice when choosing a dentist or orthodontist in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Moore, Yukon, Norman, Tulsa, Dallas, Edmond, Highland Village, and Phoenix and we thank you for making Dental Depot your partner in good oral health!

Your Friend,
Smiley O’Riley®

Orthodontics Part 1: Mouth Breathing

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Mouth breathing is an acquired habit that is usually not beneficial to oral health. In some instances, it is absolutely necessary that proper breathing habits be restored in order to correct a dental malocclusion.

Mouth breathing is a habit that is usually started in infancy due to chronic partial obstruction of the nasal passages. Allergies can cause mouth breathing habits, as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoidal tissues. Sometimes, nasal polyps can result from chronic allergies which cause obstruction of the nasal passages. An examination by an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician can best define problems arising from obstruction of the nasal passages.

Sometimes, a mouth breathing habit can be a pattern resulting from occasional obstruction of the nasal passages. In this instance there is nothing wrong with the nose, but the person has become accustomed to breathing through the mouth for convenience.

Regardless of the cause, chronic mouth breathing causes drying out of the gum tissues of the mouth and subsequent invasion of the gums by bacteria and viruses that commonly live in the oral cavity. This condition can readily lead to gum disease and degeneration of the bone surrounding surrounding the roots of the teeth. As the bone recedes around the roots of the teeth, the teeth become loose and will eventually be lost.

Mouth breathing also causes airborne bacteria, viruses, pollen, and dust to be directly inhaled into the lungs. The natural filtering action of the nasal passages is lost, and the person is prone to upper respiratory infections.

Mouth breathing can also be associated with tongue thrusting, which can cause undesirable movement of the teeth before and after orthodontic treatment. The tongue remains depressed near the throat to allow the passage of air into the lungs, and tongue thrust results from the abnormal tongue posture. Constriction of the upper dental arch can result from abnormal tongue posture, resulting in dental cross bite.

For all these reasons, it is in the best interest of oral health to correct mouth breathing problems as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about how orthodontics can help with mouth breathing induced issues, please call us! You can call our 23rd St office at 405-949-0123, our South OKC office at 405-691-1123, or our Yukon office at 405-350-1133.

We know you have a choice when choosing a dentist or orthodontist in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Moore, Yukon, Norman, Tulsa, Dallas, Edmond, Highland Village, and Phoenix and we thank you for making Dental Depot your partner in good oral health!

Your Friend,
Smiley O’Riley®

The Clown Conductor

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Hi everyone, it’s your friend Smiley O’Riley! I want to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about what it is that I actually do. I have the best job in the world! I get to hang out with kids in the Dental Depots! Along with office visits I also participate in parades, appear at health fairs, make balloons at the Oklahoma State Fair, appear in commercials, and anything else needing the face of Dental Depot. All of the duties I have mentioned so far are very important, but it all takes a back seat to the main job of Smiley O’Riley, which is community outreach. Our communities have been so good to us; we like to give back whenever we can. I have the great pleasure of getting to go to the local elementary schools, churches, and daycares to teach and remind the kiddos about good dental hygiene. In my 30 minute show I use fun, silliness, and group interaction to talk about things like brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and trying to eat as healthy as possible. Another huge part of the outreach is the goodie bag that we provide for every student who attends my show; which includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, fun games, and a coupon for a
free spin brush!

You can also see me on my YouTube channel “DentalDepot1978” and learn how to make some of the balloon art that I make for the kids.

If you would like to book an appearance for your school, church, daycare, or other community event you can simply see the Smiley request form on http://www.dentaldepot.net/?page_id=205
or just call James, Troy, or Ron at 405-945-8941.

We know you have a choice when choosing a dentist or orthodontist in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Moore, Yukon, Norman, Tulsa, Dallas, Edmond, Highland Village, and Phoenix and we thank you for making Dental Depot your partner in good oral health!

Your Friend,

Smiley O’Riley®

 

“What are they building at the Yukon Office?”

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

We are very excited to announce the newest addition here at Dental Depot. If you have been to the Yukon Station recently, or passed by it on I-40 at Garth Brooks Blvd., you have most likely noticed some construction going on across the parking lot. The crew is busy putting the final touches on a miniaturized version of a turn-of-the-century steam train and depot! The new station will be complete with a boarding platform, train house and even a wooden truss bridge. The most exciting part, on select Saturday mornings, you can even come out to the Yukon Station and ride it yourself! How do I get a ticket you ask? Simple, after your next appointment at any of the convenient Dental Depot locations, you will be given a free ticket to ride for you and your family!

We at Dental Depot are always working to find new ways to make your dental experience as fun and comfortable as possible and the new train park is just great another example. We encourage everyone to come visit a neighborhood Dental Depot and experience the amazing things we do to create a wonderful patient experience. For instance, the model trains that encircle each office provide a calming distraction to even the most nervous of patients. Also, the life size replica of a turn-of-the-century steam engine, crafted by our in-house craftsmen, helps both children and adults smile before they even walk through the door. And let’s not forget Smiley O’Riley, Dental Depot’s very own clown conductor. When Smiley is not visiting local schools delivering a message of good oral health, he goes from office to office spreading silliness and joy, and sometimes even balloons! And of course, most important of all, there is our amazing staff! For every member of the team, it is our mission to make your visit as pleasant and easy as it can possibly be.

We are very excited about what the future holds for Dental Depot, and we are very grateful for such a wonderful community to be a part of. So, come out and see the new train park. You may even run into Smiley O’Riley! We know you have a choice when choosing a dentist or orthodontist in Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Moore, Yukon, Tulsa, Dallas, Edmond, Highland Village, and Phoenix and we thank you for making Dental Depot your partner in good oral health!