Oral health can be very important for a child's development. From the time the first tooth emerges at around a month or so, to when the first permanent teeth start coming in at around seven years old, it can be essential to ensure the teeth are coming in properly. At the first appointment with us here at Star Orthodontics, we can determine how the teeth are transitioning through a series of in depth x-rays and make sure that there are no issues with how they are developing.
Orthodontics is the study of how teeth come in and how they are arranged in the mouth. From the very first x-ray that comes with the introduction of their adult teeth, we can determine how your child's smile is forming. Especially if we can stay on top of it throughout the critical stages of development, it is possible to prevent and correct many common issues that could cause a problem later on in their lives. An overbite, underbite, or even excessive malocclusion can make it difficult for your child to eat, which could prevent them from getting adequate nutrition, or even difficulty speaking, which may stop them from learning effective communication skills.
Orthodontics is a preventative measure that is implemented at the very early stages of development when the bones are still shifting into their adult positions. Catching these issues early on can stop a lifetime of discomfort or even pain before it ever has to be a problem. Unfortunately, sometimes there may be something outside of even prevention that may require alternative methods of treatment, which is why regular visits with us can be so important.
How to Restore Impacted Teeth
Impacted teeth are no joke and if ignored can cause pretty serious issues in the future. The last permanent teeth to emerge are usually the maxillary canine teeth, or what some refer to as “fangs.” If the tooth becomes impacted, this means it cannot break through the gumline. If it gets stuck, this could cause a pretty in-depth infection. These canines have the longest roots of all of the teeth in the mouth and are a very important part of the dental arch, as they are critical to being able to bite off chunks of food while supporting the surrounding teeth.
If your canine becomes impacted, every possible method of guiding it out of the gum will be encouraged. The longer it is left to emerge on its own, however, the more difficult it could be to coax out. Once the patient is an adult, there is a greater likelihood that the tooth will be fused permanently into the mouth and never emerge at all.
It becomes our job to use a very mild form of surgery to help the canine develop as close to naturally as possible. Through the use of orthodontics, we will remove any baby teeth that may be preventing the permanent tooth from coming out, then secure a series of brackets in an attempt to align it where it should be. The earlier a dental impaction is discovered, the easier it will be for us to help get it into the ideal position.
If you suspect that you or your child may have an impacted canine and would like to know what your options are for restoration, please do not hesitate to contact Star Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment.