Extraction Reversal in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Is An Extraction Reversal?

For patients who have previously had teeth extracted during orthodontic treatment and are now having problems, their physical, functional, and cosmetic issues can sometimes be improved with an extraction reversal. Life Dental & Orthodontics offers this complex procedure to address the shape of the face, bite issues, TMJ issues, or airway problems, caused by previous retractive orthodontics. We recognize the benefits of an uncompromised airway. To learn more about extraction reversal or to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, schedule a consultation at our Walnut Creek, CA dental office.

What Is the Extraction Reversal Process?

The primary objective of an extraction reversal is to create more space in the mouth for the tongue to properly rest and to ensure the jaw is in the proper position. This can be accomplished in several ways, depending on the severity of your condition. Typically, we will begin by bringing the front teeth forward with an appliance, then widen the jaws with either orthodontic or skeletal expanders, to allow enough space for the tongue to rest properly on the roof of the mouth. Also, if the lower jaw is pushed too far back, the TMJ joint can be compromised, in a condition called "mandibular entrapment."  When this condition is present, we will often see great results after bringing the front teeth forward. Extraction reversal causes spaces to be opened up between teeth; these can be filled in, if desired, with composite fillings or implants for an excellent functional and cosmetic result.

I took my young boys to Life dental & Orthodontics because they were airway focused and that was really important for a family! We were mostly helped with Katie the RDA and she was so great with the boys made everything fun and super patient with them. I also really appreciated how in-depth Dr. Hockel explained everything to myself and our kids. My boys can get easily overwhelmed and he had such gentle and calm energy throughout the whole process! I really appreciated that! Highly recommend this team! :) Jessie at the front desk is also super helpful and sweet!

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Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!

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I went with my 3 girls and the customer service is excellent. They were Warm, inviting, gentle. They gave lots of details and information. You come in and get to see the pictures of their staff. Overall it felt great. My kids were actually happy!

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I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

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Life Dental & Orthodontics Puts You First

Our team at Life Dental & Orthodontics are committed to helping patients experience the benefits of airway-friendly dental and orthodontic practices. Extraction reversals can help patients who are unhappy with the function of their mouth and the appearance of their profile after a previous orthodontic experience where premolars were removed to create space. Call our Walnut Creek, CA office today to discover if an extraction reversal can improve your dental health.

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