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by rsprouse
Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:30 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I slacked off on cleaning and now I have decalcification :(
Replies: 6
Views: 1566

If it is a true decalcification then it is a lesion strictly in enamel. If you are diligent about brushing/flossing you may get lucky. May I suggest a fluoride rinse in conjuction to help out? Act is good stuff as is PhosFlur.

Ho Ho Ho,
Rory
by rsprouse
Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:11 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: The Great Big Xmas IGMMIMMTY Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 11549

The fame and notoriety that will come with winning this competition is worth the excess aggravation from having so much hardware in my mouth. It is worth the risk of adding new hardware. I think the winner should get an Archwired.com magnet to stick on their face. That being said, anyone that puts u...
by rsprouse
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: The Great Big Xmas IGMMIMMTY Competition
Replies: 48
Views: 11549

I'll do a little showing off :lol: This is with a "normal" adult dentition with no 3rd molars (28 toofs). I have 1 tooth with nothing on it, although he could probably use to be bracketed as well. 14x - Metal Brackets 6x - Ceramic Brackets 7x - Molar Bands w/ lingual hooks 12x - Lingual hooks (just ...
by rsprouse
Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:56 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: does anybody know what this is?
Replies: 4
Views: 5220

thanks Lisa! . that sounds right on the money! i researched it a bit more, and found that torus mandibular is often associated with, and forms due to bruxism (teeth grinding), which is what i do! and as a result, also have an uncomfortable "click" when i open my left jaw. but by looking at images o...
by rsprouse
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I missed 4 turns. Can I...?? [RPE ISSUE]
Replies: 10
Views: 1979

Ok, the prescribed time is until the 14th. And since I've to go for a checkup on the 17th, I've two days until the checkup. Two days mean 4 turns. So, that is the perfect time to replace the 4 turns I've missed. Is that okay? Call your ortho and ask, s/he is the person responsible for your care, tr...
by rsprouse
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:24 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: recommedation for Ortho in SC, upstate
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: recommedation for Ortho in SC, upstate

Is there anyone here from upstate south Carolina? Could you recommend some good ortho here? I am desperate here. I went to a bunch of consultation but still can't decide which one is good and which one I should go to? Any recommendations? TY! Let me know a more specific area of SC (Aiken, Columbia,...
by rsprouse
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:21 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What rinse products do you use along with your treatment?
Replies: 15
Views: 2154

I'm too much the cheapskate for Phosflur! I used ACT. Or, if possible, the Rite Aid equivalent as this was cheaper still ;) Just different delivery methods of fluoride ions. Phosflur is great stuff, but so is Act. I use Act religiously and recommend it to many of my patients. Good stuff!! But techn...
by rsprouse
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: when do teeth get thier strength back?
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Complete stabilization of the support structure typically takes 9-12 months. Your teeth will feel stronger as time goes on, but plan on a full year before everything behind the scenes is good to go. This is why it is so important to be diligent about wearing your retainer post treatment, especially...
by rsprouse
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: I missed 4 turns. Can I...?? [RPE ISSUE]
Replies: 10
Views: 1979

Hi Z , Well, I don't have an RPE, but in my unprofessional opinion, you'll just have to add those extra days in the process. Trying to catch up sounds like a bad idea. Since you've already phoned and they told you too keep it at two turns a day, stick with that. You wouldn't want to over stress you...
by rsprouse
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:07 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Veneers - Brackete Probs
Replies: 4
Views: 950

I also had the same problem with my veneers. Within half an hour of being braced, I heard a couple of pops and the brackets had snapped off my teeth. They were re-attached a couple of days later, only to pop off again... And again ! Finally my ortho used some sort of industrial strength etching liq...
by rsprouse
Sat Dec 08, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: A root canal can be done with braces?
Replies: 1
Views: 639

Hi, Take something like a cotton ball similar and stretch it out and fold it over so it is slightly firm and it looks like a little log. The point is to make it look like a cylinder but has a little firmness. Place the cotton on the molar in question and bite down into it. Move it to different point...
by rsprouse
Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:59 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What Kind Of Bite Is this Called?
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

That is a class II malocclusion with deep (complete) overbite. It's what I had. In my case, I needed braces and surgery to correct it. It's verrrry common in Brits, or so I have been told. There is no way to tell from the picture if it is indeed a class II malocclusion. Although with that extreme o...
by rsprouse
Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: What causes wonky teeth?
Replies: 3
Views: 944

It is a complicated answer and nobody knows for sure. But genetics do play a role in development so it also plays a role in your "wonkiness". Oral habits during development as well as any interferences and bite issues will cause your teeth to shift over time. It is really a compensation of your body...
by rsprouse
Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Gin. Hyperplasia / Folate or Chlorhexidine Mouthwash
Replies: 2
Views: 837

Correct, Dilantin (an anti-seizure medication) is one of the most well known meds that will cause gingival hyperplasia. How is your home care? A gingevectomy is often times a good solution, just make sure you do a great job of home care and regular recall visits. Chlorohexidine works well if the cau...
by rsprouse
Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:47 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Advantages and Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings
Replies: 15
Views: 2048

Dentistry across the globe is quite different. I have my personal opinions on work that I have seen from different countries. There are places out there where if I was traveling and had a problem, I would refrain from any treatment as it is typically **that** bad. You see different treatment decisio...