Patients who come to our Staten Island cosmetic dentistry center know that we offer advanced treatments for serious dental health issues. When it comes to poor dental alignment, dentists have plenty of options available. There are, for example, many ways dentists can correct problems caused by teeth that jut out too much.
Let's take a moment to consider the problems caused by jutting teeth and what treatment options may be best for you and your needs.
Cosmetic Issues Caused By Jutting Teeth
If you have teeth that jut out too much or too far, this can have a major impact on the look of your smile. Tooth misalignment of this kind may leave you feeling self-conscious about laughing, smiling, or speaking around other people, even folks you have known for many years. If you job involves lots of public interactions, your jutting teeth can have a negative impact on your career.
Health Issues Caused By Jutting Teeth
Crooked teeth aren't just an eyesore. Jutting teeth can also cause problems with biting and chewing, resulting in pain or soreness while eating certain kinds of foods. In addition, crooked teeth increase your risk of teeth grinding (bruxism), a condition that can cause tooth damage, gum recession, and TMJ disorders.
Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry Treatments
If the jutting of a tooth is very minor, it may be treated through cosmetic or restorative procedures involving porcelain veneers or a dental crown. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to mask a cosmetic flaw from view. For jutting teeth, a little bit of tooth structure may be removed, with the tooth then covered up with a veneer to make it appear pristine. Similarly, a dental crown can be used to cap a tooth that has had the jutting portion carefully removed.
These less invasive dental procedures are ideal for minor jutting of the teeth that does not pose a major risk to your dental heath and wellness. For more serious jutting, other treatments will need to be considered.
Orthodontic Treatment Options
For most cases of jutting teeth, orthodontic treatment is the ideal option to consider. Using braces or other kinds of appliances, carefully applied pressure can help place a jutting tooth in proper position. Overall treatment times will vary, though several months is common for addressing various forms of malocclusion.
Ideally, orthodontic care should be performed on patients of an early age, typically the teenage years when all permanent teeth are in place. While adult orthodontics is effective, it generally takes more time to perform and for results to be achieved. Since teens are still maturing, orthodontic care tends to go quicker.
Oral Surgery and Advanced Dental Care
For major problems with tooth misalignment, advanced procedures will be recommended. This typically means oral surgery to adjust the position of the teeth, alter the bone structure, and perhaps even extract teeth if there is excessive crowding. Following the oral surgery, orthodontic and/or restorative dentistry procedures will allow dentists to make final adjustments to tooth alignment.
These advanced treatments for jutting teeth are carefully customized to meet the needs of patients. Overall treatment times can vary, from several months to a year or more. Details on your treatment will be provided during the consultation process.
Learn More About Straightening Your Teeth
For more information about treating teeth that jut out too far and enhancing your overall dental wellness, be sure to contact and experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. Our practice is here to provide you with insight and answers to many dental health questions.