Dr. Robert Eckelson

Orthodontics
Boca Raton, FL
52 years experience male

Locations

Office

Boca Raton, FL

Address

951 NW 13 Th. St. Ste. 3- B, Boca Raton Medical Arts Cntr., FL
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Insurances accepted

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Office

Boca Raton, FL

Office

Boca Raton, FL

About

Bio

DDS at The Ohio State University ,1971 Certificate in orthodontics University of Illinois, 1973 Full time practice of orthodontics in Boca Raton, FL since 1973 On staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Numerous memberships to professional associations Active pilot/flight instructor

Specialties
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Orthodontics

Dentistry

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43 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Hospital few days: About a week out after surgery, then about 4-6 weks for full surgical recovery. Depending on the procedure and your pre surgical orthodontics, time af... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
No: While having braces usually improves appearance, the real goal is to improve function of the teeth and jaws. Correectly aligned teeth appear to reduce... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
TMJ specialist: Some dentists specialize in the treatment of TMJ dysfunction. You can start with your dentist, orasl surgeon or orthodontist. It may just be a simple ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Depends: If you are taking the appropriate antibiotic and/or you have removed the source of the infection, it should resolve quickly. If not treated it will ge... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Possibly: There coud still be infection in the area or liquis due to the surgery itself has accumulated. Possibly a problem with cellulitis. If it persists, see... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Opening tubes in ear: Everyone has two tmjs. What you are alluding to is temporomandibular joint dysfunction, when the jaw doesn't function normally. The opening sound you ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Usually quickly: It depends on the situation. Some teeth are lost and the permanent one doesn't appear for years, usually it is right there as soon as the baby tooth f... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Yes: Usually brackers (braces) are placed on the cheek surface of the teeth wile sealants are placeed on the top surface of the teeth. On the lower molars ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Wax first: Some folks are allergic to the nickel in braces. If you are one of these folks, there are plastic, titanium and quartz type appliances available. Wax ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Not really: Your are snapping the ligaments and tendons which support your jaw and prevent it from moving out of a comfortable range of motion. When they get lax,... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Return to dentist: It may be that the tooth has a crack along the root or an additional canal which was not visible at first. Seek the care of a certifed endodontist.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Depends: Sometimes you can adjust a wire to re rotate just cutting the plastic will sometimes allow a tooth to move. An aligner can be made which can re treat ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Maybe lots of things: Fcial pain can be referred from another part of your body to the face, i.e. Heart attack. You may have neuralgia type pain which is the nerve itself a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Seek an endodontist: A trained endodonist will be able to identify what is going on and to treat it effectively. Sometimes there are extra canals which are missed, .Someti... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Go back: See the dentist who restored the tooth. It may be too high and in the way of your bite. It may have a crack that was not previously in evidence and it... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
They aren't.: Orthodontic costs have actually gone down since the early part of the 20th century when they became available. Since the 70's, orthodontic care has no... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
No: Poor health care habits increase the need for better hygiene. The appliances break up the soft tissue stimulation which the food supplies on a smooth ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
No: It also depends on the type of tooth you are having repaired. If it is a baby tooth and is not needed for function or space maintainance, you might be... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Possible: Hopefully the correct procedures were done at the correct time. However, long term dental arch relapse is possible if retainers are not worn correctly... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Yes: Impacted only means that the tooth is not erupted. If it erupts and function, it will "get better on its own." but impacted does not mean it hurts.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Yes, but..: Allleaching for teeth works basically the same way. A bleaching chemical is used to oxidize the organic debris on your teeth which is too small for a ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
No: The enamel is somewhat porous. Food and organic material get trapped in the outer layer and causes the yellowing. All whitening products work similarl... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Neat stuff: Just had to use it myself and had an oral surgeon prescribe for me. There are all sorts of things chiefly benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Lidocaine and so... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Yes: The suckling instinct is a psychological not physical phenomenon. I reently had a 40 year old mom of a patient who admitted that she still sucks her t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Yes: How and by who is the question. One should go back to the office where the appliances were delivered and ask for their removal. If one has moved to an... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Possibly: I use lip balm to prevent blisters as i seem to have a virus that goes nuts with a cracked lip after sun exposure. One can be allergic to one or more ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Yes it can.: You must have good oral health, but you should be able to move the teeth together again.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Good diagnosis: The crossbite should be treated as soon as possible by an orthodontist. Depending on the diagnosis, the upper jaw can be advanced, the lower teeth ret... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Not really: Your are snapping the ligaments and tendons which support your jaw and prevent it from moving out of a comfortable range of motion. When they get lax,... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Leave it alone: You can monitor it. Some cavities are self limiting and will just be there. Others are active and need to be treated. Best let a competent dentist hel... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
It is a virus: Oral herpes can be transmitted by salivary transfer or possibly oral blood transfer. Once you have it, it stays almost forever. So, one has to be vigi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Possibly: Smart thing to do is to get the tooth repaired. Leaving a cracked tooth alone is asking for big trouble. This can progress rapidly to a root canal nee... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Sometimes simple: It depends on which jaw is affected and how much. Very often in a young person it is simply the upper anterior teeth erupting behind the lower ones wh... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Might be: A high arch is caused by the overeruption of upper teeth usually due to mouth breathing. The top of the palate is where it should be, but as the teeth... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Not necessarily: You may have a great dentist and a really healthy mouth. However, engage your dentist and ask him questions about your care. If he senses all is well,... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
None: Different schools deliver either a doctor of dental medicine degree or doctor of dental surgery degree. Both are virtually the same. Only the institut... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Acrylic materials: Most of the bonding materials are similar to each other. They are usually some type of acryic, like the material used to bond on fake nails. The first... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Complex: The jaw joint is a very different one from all others. It has a disk which separates the upper jaw bone from the lower jaw bone in all movements of t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Yes: Unlikely if you get it treated correctly in enough time to prevent a wild spread of bacteria. You need to see a dentist pronto.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Brush: Gum tissue needs food moving across it to stimulate it. With appliances on one must brush the gum tissue as the food will not due to the braces interf... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Many things : It can be an enlarged lymph gland, saliva gland or a myriad of things. The best bet is to apply warm moist compresses for comfort and seek care from y... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
It can be: If this just happened rcently, go to your dentist and seek reduction of the problem. If long term you might need the services of an orthodontist or or... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Orthodontics 52 years experience
Yes: Depending on the type penicillin, they are usually excreted from the kidneys. Therefore, excess medication will discolor your urine. This may last a f... Read More
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Apr 2, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Eckelson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Graduated 1973MD

Medical/Graduate school

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Graduated 1971MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Association of Orthodontists
American Dental Association
Robert A. Eckelson, D.D.S., P.A.
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