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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Volume Expanding Agent (Overview)

Volume expanding agents are a kind of heart failure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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Would it be possible to fix cross bites without using an expander?

Would it be possible to fix cross bites without using an expander?

Ortho Consultation: There are many techniques for correcting a crossbite in an adult. They all require orthodontic treatment along with other modalities (e.g. expander, elastics, springs, etc). I would suggest that you have an orthodontic consult for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
11 doctors shared insights

Volume Expanding Agent (Overview)

Volume expanding agents are a kind of heart failure drug (cardiovascular drug).


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What exactly does a breast reconstruction tissue expander do? It's been almost a year since my mastectomy. During my breast reconstruction consultation, my surgeon mentioned using a tissue expander to make room for my new breast. How does this work? .

What exactly does a breast reconstruction tissue expander do? It's been almost a year since my mastectomy. During my breast reconstruction consultation, my surgeon mentioned using a tissue expander to make room for my new breast. How does this work?

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It Expands..: After a mastectomy, assuming you are going to have an implant reconstruction, a space needs to be created to accomodate a soft implant. A tissue expander is like a deflated balloon that the doctor pumps up in their office (usually weekly) afte putting it in flat. It creates the space for a permanent implant to be put later. ...Read more

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How does a palate expander work?

How does a palate expander work?

Work on Children: Palete expanders are designed to work on children before their jaw bones are fully developed and harden. Their bones are soft, the expander is able manipulate the upper jaw bone, before the upper bones fully formed. If you miss the window of opportunity, as an adult, you would need to do it via surgery. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear a palate expander and braces at the same time?

Is it safe to wear a palate expander and braces at the same time?

Yes : Your orthodontist is encouraging growth in your upper jaw while starting to straighten the teeth at the same time. This is common and very safe. ...Read more

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Was agent orange ever shown to be toxic or mutagenic?

Was agent orange ever shown to be toxic or mutagenic?

See below: Us department of veterans affairs has studied this issue and recognized a number of disorders to be associated with agent orange exposure as detalied in the site below. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp if you have any signs or symptoms pertinent to these disorders you should consut your doctor. If you are a veteran, seek care at a va facility. ...Read more

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What will a palate expander effect?

What will a palate expander effect?

Upper jaw: When the upper jaw is normalized to the width of a lower with an expander, you will notice a less constricted archform and allow for better development of the teeth. Additionally, it will have the potential to open the nasal airway to improve breathing. All good things! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of agent orange exposure from 50 years ago?

See below: Us department of veterans affairs has studied this issue and recognized a number of disorders to be associated with agent orange exposure as detalied in the site below. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/diseases.asp if you have any signs or symptoms pertinent to these disorders you should consut your doctor. If you are a veteran, seek care at a va facility. ...Read more

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How long do children usually have to wear palate expanders for? It looks like out son is might have to get a palate expander, and i'm wondering how long i can expect him to need it for. Will we have to get more than one as he grows? .

Age dependent: There are different types of palatal expanders often used at different ages. In pre-teen years, expanders may be in place for 6-9 months. Teenagers, it may be 4-6 months. But these estimates are all highly variable. There are rare circumstances when more than one expander may be used in different phases and at different ages for the same patient. ...Read more

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Is it always necessary to have to wear an expander when they have a cross bite?

Is it always necessary to have to wear an expander when they have a cross bite?

Yes: When there is a crossbite, there is usually also crowding. Crowding makes oral hygiene more difficult leading to more decay and gum disease. With a crossbite there is normally also a very high palate which restricts the nasal airway and may be a factor in obstructive sleep apnea. Better to treat when young forprevention than sleep apnea when an adult. ...Read more

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How much time until i get this expander off?

How much time until i get this expander off?

Until : Until ur Orthodontic Specialist thinks ur sutures have filled and matured. As an adult surgical assistance absolutely required. Non-surgical expansion in adults will fail or will cause bone damage called fenestrations. ...Read more

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Should I use colgate ora base for expander pain?

Should I use colgate ora base for expander pain?

OrabaseB/Orajel: Orabase and orajel are emollients, carriers that adhere to your soft tissues, that carry Benzocaine to the tissues, relieving surface pain. If you are having pain from and expander, see your orthodontist or dentist. Expanders should be relatively painless. Know that palatal expansion in adults, where the 2 halves of the upper jaw have fused, requires surgery. ...Read more

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When you have an expander do you have to turn it for 4-6 months?

When you have an expander do you have to turn it for 4-6 months?

It depends: The amount of time that a palatal expander is placed in the mouth will depend on the severity of the problem as well as treatment goals. In addition, the appliance must remain in the mouth for several months following completion of the expansion to stabilize the new arch formation. Your doctor is in the best position to estimate the time the appliance will remain in place based upon your condition. ...Read more

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Is it always necessary to have to wear an expander when they have a cross bite?

Yes: When there is a crossbite, there is usually also crowding. Crowding makes oral hygiene more difficult leading to more decay and gum disease. With a crossbite there is normally also a very high palate which restricts the nasal airway and may be a factor in obstructive sleep apnea. Better to treat when young forprevention than sleep apnea when an adult. ...Read more

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One of my spacers fell out. It was to make room for expander, I've had it in for 12 days, will it make a difference?

One of my spacers fell out. It was to make room for expander, I've had it in for 12 days, will it make a difference?

Orthodontics: If you have had the spacer in for 12 days you should be fine. If you put the spacer in and it keeps falling out then the spacer is working as it has created a space which your doctor wants. Hopefully you are placing it in properly.Either way, call your orthodontist to let them know. ...Read more

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Is there a way to overcome having a lisp with my expander?

Is there a way to overcome having a lisp with my expander?

Yes: Just takes a few days for your tongue and mouth to get used to having it there. Best solution is to read a book or the newspaper out loud for 5-10 minutes at a time. That should do it! ...Read more

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Orthodontist please, what is palate expander?

Exactly what it says: A palatal expander is an orthodontic appliances (usually fixed) designed to expand the upper jaw laterally (side to side). Prior to the late teen years, the mid palatal suture has not fused yet. It can be split via orthopedic forces via the palatal expander to increase overall arch space to accomodate crowded teeth or coordinate a narrow upper arch to a normal lower arch. ...Read more

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Could getting an expander out hurt?

Could getting an expander out hurt?

Could, but likely no: Sure, anytime someone is putting something into your mouth or removing something from your mouth, especially depending on your sensitivity, it COULD hurt. But generally this is a relatively painless process for most patients. ...Read more

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