A Jutted Tooth: What Are My Treatment Options?
By William Stofer on July 22, 2017
There are plenty of dental alignment issues that can affect the appearance and health of your smile. Jutted teeth are just one example of this. Thankfully our Warsaw cosmetic dentistry practice offers plenty of treatment options to improve the alignment of your teeth and the dental arch.
Jutted teeth are teeth that stick out further than your other teeth. This can cause a number of problems that are both cosmetic in nature and that can impact your dental health. Issues are bound to arise whether it's just one jutting tooth or multiple jutting teeth. Let's explore these issues below.
The Problems Caused by a Jutting Tooth
In terms of the look of your smile, a jutted tooth can lead to a great deal of self-consciousness, making you feel hesitant about smiling, speaking, and laughing, even around people you have known for many years.
As far as dental health is concerned, a jutted tooth can lead to problems biting and chewing. It might be quite uncomfortable to bite and chew certain foods. There's also an increased risk of teeth grinding (bruxism) given the poor overall alignment of your teeth.
Treating Jutted Teeth with Porcelain Veneers
When a tooth that juts only sticks out a little bit and is purely cosmetic in nature, the ideal option for treatment may be a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are fixed to the fronts of the teeth. When a porcelain veneer is in place, it masks cosmetic imperfections from view and improves the overall symmetry and shape of a tooth in the process. When a veneer is in place, it is very difficult to distinguish it from the natural tooth structure.
Treating Jutted Teeth Through Orthodontics
For the vast majority of jutting teeth, the ideal treatment option involves orthodontic treatment. The careful, controlled application of pressure to the teeth will help improve alignment and position. Braces or other orthodontic options may be considered. Ideally, the orthodontic treatment should occur at an early age. While adult orthodontics is effective, it can be more challenging and take more time before successful results are achieved.
Treating Jutted Teeth Through Oral Surgery
When a tooth or multiple teeth seriously jut out, orthodontics alone might not be viable for treatment. In these cases, it's important to consider oral surgery options. This will typically involve adjustment to the jawbone and other structures of the mouth to improve alignment. Orthodontic treatment often follows the oral surgery to help ensure optimal results.
Tailoring Treatment to Your Needs
As you can see, there are many different treatments available for jutting teeth. The ideal option for you will depend on the nature of the tooth misalignment. During your visit to the practice, we can assess your situation and go over all of your treatment options. Custom care such as this will help you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.
Learn More About Treating Jutted Teeth
For more information about treating jutted teeth and enhancing your overall dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our team of dental health experts today. We will help you smile with renewed confidence.
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