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Doctor insights on: Wide Space Between First And Second Toes

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What are toe spacers and can they help my bunions?

What are toe spacers and can they help my bunions?

Cushions to spread: Toes apart. May provide help in certain bunion deformities by providing counter pressure against the deviated big toe when placed in between big toe and next toe. This is a palliative treatment and does not correct deformity. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...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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I was eating and one of my spacers was pushed further in and I'm afraid it won't be able to come out. Should I get it checked out by my orthodontist?

I was eating and one of my spacers was pushed further in and I'm afraid it won't be able to come out. Should I get it checked out by my orthodontist?

YES: If you feel that one of your spacers or seporators has submerged below the gum line, call your orthodontist ASAP to be seen. Most likely, it can be easily removed and replaced with another spacer. The longer the spacer stays below the gum line, the more likely your gum tissue will become inflamed. Also, the spacer is not working and your won't adequate space for the band to be placed. ...Read more

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Why might it be that someone have popping and pain in their hip after having a cement spacer put in?

Why might it be that someone have popping and pain in their hip after having a cement spacer put in?

A couple things...: The most concerning issue is the hardware coming loose. This is uncommon but does occur. Another issue can be just an osteophyte that may have formed that is causing some clicking.Some muscular issues can cause a popping in you hip and their is actually a syndrome called snapping hip syndrome, with structures depending on medial or lateral snapping.I would recommend you discuss it with your ortho. ...Read more

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I have braces and spacers on but I still need to get 4 molars taken out. Is this bad?

I have braces and spacers on but I still need to get 4 molars taken out. Is this bad?

Wisdom teeth: Are the teeth that need extraction your wisdom teeth? It is common to finish your orthodontic treatment and then wisdom tooth extraction. Discuss this with your orthodontist or an oral surgeon to optimize the timing f your treatment. ...Read more

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Is it weird that my spacers don't hurt?

Count your blessings: I am glad for you. Spacers are often uncomfortable until your mouth adjusts. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spacer?

Dental definition: A spacer in dentistry can be any orthodontic device to hold space formed by early loss of a baby tooth so that permanent tooth has a place to come in. They are usually removed when the permanent tooth appears. ...Read more