Crooked teeth and issues with dental alignment can cause a number of dental problems. Thankfully the team at our Lake Jackson cosmetic dentistry center offers a number of dental care solutions that can help your smile look great and be as healthy as possible.
A number of patients have come to our practice experiencing issues with jutted teeth. We'd like to take a moment to consider the nature of the problem and then look at some common approaches for treating jutting teeth.
About Jutted Teeth
A jutted tooth refers to a tooth that sticks out further than the other teeth in your smile. This can lead to cosmetic problems as well as issues with your general wellness. Obviously the issues become more serious if multiple teeth jut out or are poorly aligned.
Problems Caused by Jutting Teeth
In terms of smile aesthetics, a tooth that juts out too far can be the source of major self-consciousness. You might feel uncomfortable laughing, smiling, and speaking around others.
In terms of your dental health and wellness, a jutted tooth can lead to problems biting and chewing, which can make eating certain foods far more difficult. In addition, poor dental alignment increases the risk of tooth grinding (bruxism), which can lead to a variety of problems affects your teeth, gums, and jaw joint.
Treating Jutted Teeth with Porcelain Veneers
When a jutted tooth only causes aesthetic issues and is very subtle, the use of porcelain veneers may be an ideal treatment option. Porcelain veneers conceal a tooth with a shell of dental ceramic, keeping aesthetic imperfections masked from view. When in place, the porcelain veneer is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Treating Jutted Teeth Through Orthodontics
Orthodontics is the more common option for treating jutted teeth. By using carefully applied pressure, orthodontists are able to shift your teeth into a more ideal position, helping improve overall dental health and wellness in the process. Braces and other kinds of orthodontic treatments can be used as needed. Typically it's more ideal for the orthodontic treatment to be performed earlier in life since the position of teeth is easier to adjust at a younger age.
Treating Jutted Teeth Through Oral Surgery
For major problems with teeth that jut or that are poorly positioned, oral surgery may be recommended for treatment. These kinds of procedures will involve adjusting the jawbone itself to help improve the overall shape of the dental arch. Oral surgery is typically followed by orthodontic care in order to ensure proper overall dental alignment.
Tailoring Treatment to Your Needs
As you can see, there are plenty of ways that a jutted tooth or multiple jutted teeth can be treated. During a consultation at our practice, we'll be able to assess your situation and determine the most ideal treatment option for your needs. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about these treatments to help you experience the joys of a healthy and beautiful smile.
Learn More About Treating a Jutted Tooth
For more information about treating jutted teeth and improving your overall dental health and wellness in the process, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing your dental treatment options in greater detail.