Treatments

Interceptive Treatment: Ages 7 to 10

Early interceptive treatment takes advantage of facial growth and tooth eruption, can lessen the severity of a problem, and it frequently makes the completion of treatment at a later age less time consuming.  Note:  some primary teeth are still present

Benefits of Early Treatment:

  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve aesthetics and self-esteem
  • Improve eruption patterns
  • Correct crossbite, tooth grinding, and tooth interference
  • Harmonize width of dental arches
  • Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips, and face
  • Guide jaw growth
  • Enhancing proper speech development
  • Lower risk of trauma to protruded front teeth

Early Warning Signs:

  • Early or late loss of teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger sucking or other oral habits
  • Crowding, misplaced, or blocked out teeth
  • Jaw that shifts or makes sounds

Common Interceptive Appliances:

  • Palatal Expander
  • Lip Bumper
  • Lingual Arch
  • Habit Appliance
  • Headgear

Comprehensive Treatment: Ages 10 to Adult

Comprehensive treatment (treats both the upper and lower arch) addresses malocclusions (teeth not properly aligned, incorrect bite)) by properly aligning the teeth and improving the bite.

Our office offers the most innovative treatments available today including:

Braces

  • Self Ligation Brackets
  • Clear Brackets - Aesthetic Archwires

Invisalign Technology

  • Series of customized, clear, removable aligners
  • Virtually Invisible

The average treatment time for comprehensive treatment is 18-20 months.

Our office follows active treatment with a 12 month supervised retention period. Patients are expected to wear their retainers full time until Dr. Schratz recommends going to part-time wear, which involves wearing the retainer just at night.

Retainers are then worn indefinitely to assure the teeth do not relapse into their original shape.

TMD Treatment

Temporomandibular Disorders describes a group of problems related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and nearby muscles. The TMJ is a ball and socket joint located where the upper and lower jaws meet. You have one joint on each side of your mouth. These joints are part of a large group of muscles, ligaments, and bones that work together as a system.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Popping or Clicking of the Jaw.
    • If you feel pain in your jaw, along with a noise when you move your jaw up and down, the joint may be damaged
  • Tight Muscles
    • Muscles can go into Spasm and Cause Pain
  • Joint Inflammation
    • Pain, Redness, Heat, Swelling, or Loss of Function
  • Headaches
  • Tooth Pain
  • Teeth Grinding, Clenching
  • Pain when Yawning, Talking, or Chewing
  • Limited Range of Motion

Corrective Options:

  • Splint Therapy: A customized orthotic splint is fabricated to reduce strain on the joints. Treatment will involve several adjustments at the office. Treatment time is generally 8-10 months with alleviation of symptoms beginning around 2 months or sooner.
  • Eating With Care: Chewing strains the TMJ. When symptoms are bad, choose soft foods, such as: pasta, eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, fish, bananas, applesauce, tofu, mashed potatoes, and smoothies. Avoid hard foods, such as: whole apples, carrots, nuts, some meats, and no chewing gum.
  • Ice and Heat:
    • Heat helps relax muscles (use moist heat, a moist hot towel to the muscles for 10-20 minutes, repeat as needed).
    • Ice helps reduce swelling and pain (use a gel pack or wrapped ice). Apply for 10-20 minutes or until the site becomes numb.

Dr Schratz will complete an exam that will include pressing on the muscles and jaw joint, checking for pain, tension, and tenderness. A measure of range and motion may also be completed at the initial exam.

After the exam, a treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs.