Wilckodontics, also known as PAOO (Periodontically Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics), is an innovative orthodontic procedure that corrects most patients’ teeth in three to eight months. This fast-track orthodontic treatment helps people get the straight, beautiful smile they want. This option is particularly appealing to adult individuals who do not wish to wear braces for years. Younger individuals are also eligible for PAOO treatment, which allows them to complete their orthodontic treatment more quickly.
Wilckodontics still requires patients to wear old-fashioned braces to help their teeth alignment; however, due to its effectiveness and substantial decrease in procedure period, Wilckodontics is becoming an increasingly common addition to classical braces. As a result, many of the younger patients plan their Wilckodontics operation during winter break or after the academic year to reduce the extent of time they are seen wearing conventional retainers.
The specialists perform a complete evaluation of the gums, teeth, bite, plaque, and bone structure, as well as a review of the oral and medical health history, before scheduling a Wilckodontics surgery. If needed, they also do an X-ray or other screening procedures to establish the patient’s eligibility. If Wilckodontics is determined to be an appropriate treatment option for the patient, a follow-up consultation is planned, during which the following procedure is performed:
- During the process, a local anesthetic and/or dental sedation are used to alleviate pain, discomfort, and/or anxiety.
- The gums are pulled back so that the alveolar bone can be reached.
- The alveolar bone is sliced and a portion of the surface of the bone is removed. The removal of bone induces demineralization, which softens the bone and makes it easier for teeth to achieve their ideal position. Over the next 3-8 weeks, the bone recovers and becomes stronger.
- After the completion of this step, the wound is closed using sutures, and the typical braces are then attached.
- Wilckodontics realignment occurs once the braces are properly fitted.
Wilckodontics Recovery Time
When both dental arches are being treated, the Wilckodontics surgical treatment takes many hours. Because of the duration of this surgery, sedation is recommended. Steroids given intravenously or orally for a short time also help patients feel better and heal faster. Antibiotics and pain relievers are given according to the clinician intent.
Orthodontists are constrained in their ability to achieve rapid tooth movement due to a restricted window of opportunity. This stage typically lasts between four to six months. Given this short “window” of time to move quickly, the orthodontist needs to quickly change the size of the archwire, starting with the biggest one possible.
Although Wilckodontics is a less invasive method than osteotomy-aided orthodontics, there have been several reports of periodontal problems following corticotomy, varying from no problems to minor bone loss and gingiva loss, to periodontal defects in certain cases with narrow interdental distances.
The most often reported postoperative consequences include self-limiting edema and ecchymosis. The patient is required to come in once a week for the duration of the postoperative examination. After that, it is every month.
After Wilckodontics, it is very important to carefully follow the periodontist’s aftercare instructions. Additionally, to following these guidelines, the below mentioned measures are taken to reduce the likelihood of post-procedural complications:
- Pain relievers, either those available over-the-counter or with a doctor’s prescription, can help alleviate discomfort and pain.
- It is possible to reduce swelling by applying cold packs directly to the affected area.
- A diet consisting of soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, applesauce, and soup should be followed for at least one week. Hard or crunchy meals should be avoided.
- Avoid intense activities for 48 hours.
- After braces, practice good oral hygiene.
The cost of the operation is decided by several factors, including the severity of the ailment, any special health conditions the patient has that could make the procedure more difficult, and the type of insurance policy the patient owns. The office files the claim, handles the documentation, and makes sure the patient gets the most money from the insurance.
Given that Wilckodontics can vary widely in price depending on a variety of parameters, it is difficult to provide an accurate image of what the therapy will cost on a general scale. However, in most cases, the expense of a Wilckodontics treatment will be roughly double that of a conventional orthodontic procedure.