my 14 yr old is loosing front tooth from wearing braces

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by Innkeeper, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. Innkeeper

    Innkeeper Guest

    My 14 year old son just had his braces removed, when he got home he
    stated that one of his front teeth was loose, his Orthodontist told
    him it would tighten soon. Two days later we had it x-rayed which
    revealed that the tooth no longer had a root, and one other tooth
    needs to be "watched". Our dentist was totally surprised and said he
    had never seen this occur in his 30 years of practice, and of course
    the Orthodontist is totally surprised too.
    In 1999 when my son started his orthodontal work, complete x-rays
    were taken and all his teeth and roots were healthy. From the
    beginning to now he had regular dental and orthodontal visits, during
    this time there was never any indication by either professional that
    there might be a problem.
    Now I am told that the tooth will fall out soon, then the
    Orthodontist wants to put the tooth in my son's retainer which he will
    wear for 12 hours a day, (the other 12 hours he will be toothless).
    After a period of time the Orthodontist wants to bond the tooth to his
    surrounding teeth. Finally when he turns 18 a permanent implant can
    be performed. Needless to say I am disgusted by this and have lost
    all confidence in both professionals. Any advise would be greatly
    appreciated, other than a second opinion as I am already pursuing
    Innkeeper, Dec 12, 2003
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    WB Guest

    On 11 Dec 2003 18:10:54 -0800, (Innkeeper) wrote:
    Think that the ortho docs here can expound more eloquently
    than I but... have seen this many times. (and my daughter too)

    Have no explanation for you but this is not an infrequent occurence.
    I do doubt the 'surprise' of your practitioners.

    This happens and luckily we have good solutions to this
    problem. Release your anger and approach this as if
    he had heart valve damage. Sometimes the surgery is sucessful
    but the patient does not survive.

    I myself have an implant for #8 that all attempts to salvage the tooth
    failed. I went through many experimental options until the inevitable
    took its course.

    Your statement below expresses your frustration and
    any parent would feel this, but the human body is a complex
    organism and despite our best efforts, not every case is 'textbook'.
    Best wishes,

    WB, Dec 12, 2003
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  3. Yes rare but it does occur. This happens more in adults ......


    On 11 Dec 2003 18:10:54 -0800, (Innkeeper) wrote:
    Joel M. Eichen, .
    Philadelphia PA



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    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Dec 12, 2003
  4. Innkeeper wrote:
    I've seen damage to roots after orthodontic treatment, though seldom so
    severe that the tooth is lost. It's really one of those things, and I
    don't think you can say based on the facts that anything wrong was done.
    I'm concerned about the other tooth that should be "watched". It might
    be worthwhile to splint the teeth. It should also be possible to make
    some kind of interim appliance, such as a monodont, to replace the lost

    Steven Bornfeld, Dec 12, 2003
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    Suresh Goel Guest

    Finally when he turns 18 a permanent implant can

    Hello Innkeeper, thank you for your question. Although dental treatment
    is generally very predictable, there is always the chance that things will
    not go the way we desire. Working with biological systems, there is always
    going to be a range of treatment results. This isn't indicative of your
    doctor's skill, but the reality of treating living subjects.
    One thing you can feel very good about is that your dentist/ortho team
    recommended a dental implant when your son is older. It is possible that
    some would have recommended a bridge to replace the missing tooth. Knowing
    that your doctor recommended the right treatment option is a good sign.

    Suresh Goel, Dec 12, 2003
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    Dr. Steve Guest

    Having seen the implant in WB's mouth up close (I made an NTI for him), I
    will say that it looks very good.

    Stephen Mancuso, D.D.S.
    Troy, Michigan USA
    Dr. Steve, Dec 13, 2003
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