Problem with expander ?

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cavacast
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Problem with expander ?

#1 Post by cavacast » Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:08 am

Hi

I've had a expander in the roof of my mouth for about 16 weeks now. I had a sore bit on my tongue at first but it healed up & i was totally fine
However i now have a new ulcer on my tongue where the expander touches. It has been there over a week and doesnt seem to be healing. the pain extends into my ear and jaw and is very unpleasent.

Should I be worried or do I just have to wait for my tongue to toughen up again like it did before

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Re: Problem with expander ?

#2 Post by katsface » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:29 am

When I first had my expander installed, I used a lot of wax on it to buffer my tongue. Can you try putting some wax on the area that's rubbing?
Treatment-
  • Braces: In-Ovation L (lingual) on top, and In-Ovation R (metal) on bottom
  • SARPE
  • BSSO advancement
  • estimated 18-22 months
SARPE
  • Expander installed Jan 14th 2013
  • Surgery Feb 18th 2013
  • Turn 26 days to 13mm. Gap between teeth maxed out at 12-13mm.
  • Gap down to 7mm Apr 18
  • Gap Closed Aug 6
  • Expander out Sep 19
BSSO
  • Insurance approved, surgery scheduled for Dec 18!

cavacast
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Re: Problem with expander ?

#3 Post by cavacast » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:12 am

I have some was , but because of the shape and the position its hard to get it in place and it comes off.

I think part of the problem is I must clench my teeth in my sleep and push my tongue onto it

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Re: Problem with expander ?

#4 Post by katsface » Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:51 pm

I think I read someone here used a cushion type band aid wrapped around her expander... maybe that would help if you can't get the wax to stick?
Treatment-
  • Braces: In-Ovation L (lingual) on top, and In-Ovation R (metal) on bottom
  • SARPE
  • BSSO advancement
  • estimated 18-22 months
SARPE
  • Expander installed Jan 14th 2013
  • Surgery Feb 18th 2013
  • Turn 26 days to 13mm. Gap between teeth maxed out at 12-13mm.
  • Gap down to 7mm Apr 18
  • Gap Closed Aug 6
  • Expander out Sep 19
BSSO
  • Insurance approved, surgery scheduled for Dec 18!

cavacast
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Joined: Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:03 am

Re: Problem with expander ?

#5 Post by cavacast » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:38 pm

Thanks , i'll try that. its sort of a W shaped thing ( pointy, oww) not like the others i've seen online

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Re: Problem with expander ?

#6 Post by JillianElizabeth » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:54 pm

If your pain is going into your jaw and into your ear that's a sign of infection I would call your doctor about that! Ulcers are one thing but you shouldn't have the secondary pain!

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