Monday, July 2, 2012

Got my bite plate for the upper jaw

I described in my previous post about my permanent tooth being erupted out with the help of archwires tied with the other teeth beside it.

I also described in an earlier post about getting bite plates on my lower jaw in order to prevent bad alignment from forming due to the tension of the wires. A similar precaution needed to be taken so that the eruption of my tooth was not affected.

As the permanent tooth was being pulled down by the wires tied with the surrounding teeth, there was every possibility that the surrounding teeth could be pulled close together by the permanent tooth, instead of the permanent tooth being pulled down by the surrounding teeth. So it was necessary to hold the other teeth in their respective positions while providing sufficient room for the permanent tooth to come down freely.

Hence, a plate was needed for the upper jaw so that it could clamp on to the other teeth and keep them in their respective positions while providing space to the hidden tooth.

upper plate was designed in such a way so that it holds the surrounding teeth in place and prevents the surrounding teeth being pulled in by the archwire. Meanwhile, provide space for the erupting tooth to come down freely without having to battle for space.
and the bite plate for my lower jaw as shared earlier in a previous post.

Here is a recap of the condition of my erupting tooth from an earlier post.
Am not sure if you can see the permanent tooth there, but it's right there - being pulled down by the archwire.

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