When Teeth Jut Out: What Treatments Are Available?
A jutting tooth refers to a tooth that sticks out further than your other teeth. One jutting tooth can lead to a number of problems. If you have multiple jutting teeth, the problems can be much worse. Thankfully the team at South Ogden Smiles can help address all kinds of malocclusion issues.
Our practice offers state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry and other advanced treatments to address all sorts of issues with tooth alignment. Let's take a moment right now to consider what treatment options are available for people with jutting teeth.
The Problems Caused by Jutting Teeth
Jutting teeth can cause cosmetic problems and problems with your overall dental health.
In terms of smile aesthetics, a jutting tooth may cause you to feel self-conscious about smiling around others, even people you have known for many years. This means a reluctance about laughing and speaking as well due to issues with self-esteem.
In terms of overall dental wellness, a jutting tooth can lead to issues with dental alignment, making simple biting and chewing much more difficult. Certain foods may have to be avoided to prevent discomfort. What's more, crooked teeth are a common cause or contributing factor to teeth grinding, which can lead to tooth damage, gum recession, TMJ disorders, and other wellness issues.
Porcelain Veneers for Jutting Teeth
For teeth that jut out just a little bit, porcelain veneers may be a good option to consider. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are fixed to the fronts of a patient's teeth. With a porcelain veneer in place, the cosmetic flaws are masked from view. This leaves a patient's smile looking pristine and perfectly aligned.
Since porcelain veneers are semi-transluscent, they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your tooth structure so no one notices that they are in place.
Orthodontics for Jutting Teeth
For more serious issues with jutting teeth, orthodontic care is the ideal option to consider. Using carefully applied pressure and force, the position of a tooth or multiple teeth can be corrected. This means proper dental alignment and fewer health issues going forward. Braces and other orthodontic appliances can be used depending on the nature of the jutting teeth.
Orthodontic treatment is most ideal when patients are younger (K-6 age and during their teenage years) as their teeth and dental arches tend to be more malleable and susceptible to change.
Oral Surgery for Jutting Teeth
For major issues with teeth that jut out or are poorly aligned, oral surgery may be part of the advanced treatment plan. An oral surgeon can change the jawbone itself if the bone structure causes poor dental alignment issues. This is typically followed by orthodontic care to ensure optimal alignment and long-lasting results.
The nature of these oral surgery procedures can vary from patient to patient and require careful customization to the needs of the malocclusion.
Learn More About Your Treatment Options
For more information about treating teeth that jut out or are otherwise poorly aligned, we encourage you to contact South Ogden Smiles today. Our team is here to assess your situation and offer our honest opinion about the ideal dental treatments for your needs.