The Wilckodontics Procedure
Prior to scheduling a procedure for Wilckodontics, we will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, bite, plaque and bone structure and review your medical and oral health history. If necessary, will also take an X-Ray or other diagnostic exams to ensure you are a good candidate for Wilckodontics and/or identify any other underlying issues. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for Wilckodontics, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled, during which the following will occur.
- A local anesthetic and/or dental sedation is administered to reduce pain, discomfort, and/or anxiety during the procedure.
- Your gum tissue is pulled back to allow access to the alveolar bone.
- The alveolar bone is cut and part of the bone surface is removed. Removal of the bone causes the bone to demineralize, which makes it softer and allows for teeth to reach their optimal position more easily. The bone will gradually heal itself over the next three to eight weeks and will end up being even stronger than it was before.
- Once this is complete, the area is sutured shut and the traditional braces are placed.
- Once the braces have been tested for proper fit, the Wilckodontics realignment process can begin.
How Much Does Wilckodontics Cost?
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to making sure you understand what the cost of treatment will be and will do everything we can to help you maximize your dental health benefits and explore third-party financing plans if necessary. One of our business coordinators will be happy to conduct a complimentary benefits analysis for you when you are in the office.
If you do not have insurance and are concerned about the cost of periodontal care, you are not alone. We understand that cost of periodontal treatment is one of the biggest concerns our patients have and are committed to ensuring our patients receive the care they deserve, and that cost of treatment does not prevent this from happening. To learn more about all the financial options we offer, contact our office today.
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, credit cards, and financing.
Aftercare Following Wilckodontics
Following Wilckodontics, it is essential that you closely follow aftercare instructions provided by your periodontist. In addition to following these instructions, additional steps you can take to minimize post-procedural issues include:
- Discomfort or pain can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription pain relieving medication. Follow recommended dosages, and if prescribed painkillers, take as directed until the prescription runs out.
- Swelling can be controlled by placing ice packs over the affected area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. It is important to not leave the ice pack on for too long, as doing so reduces blood flow, which can slow the healing process.
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods and follow a soft food diet (yogurt, pudding, applesauce, soup) for at least one week. You may begin to slowly reintroduce harder foods as discomfort subsides and healing progresses.
- Rest as much as possible and avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 48 hours, possibly longer depending on the severity of your case.
- Follow meticulously good oral hygiene self-care once your braces are placed. It is easy for food particles to become trapped in the metal braces, which can increase your risk of developing oral health issues. To prevent this from happening, make a point of brushing after every meal (this includes snacks) and continue following standard oral health care.
Personalized Care and High Quality Services
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, you can be confident that you will have an unparalleled dental experience. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals are committed to providing the highest level of periodontal support and taking time to get to know our patients. We believe that developing this level of trust and open communication is an essential component to understanding your unique needs and providing you with optimal care.
If you have additional questions about Wilckodontics or would like to schedule an appointment, new patients can contact us at (810) 412-1044 and current patients can contact us at (810) 987-1400.