A jutting tooth is a tooth that sticks out further than it should. When you have a tooth that juts out or multiple teeth that jut out, this can lead to a number of problems. Our Ridgewood cosmetic dentistry practice can use many approaches to address these problems.
Let's take a moment to consider why jutting teeth are a serious issue and then go into some of your options for treatment.
Problems Caused by Jutting Teeth
In terms of the aesthetics of a smile, a jutting tooth can cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile and its appearance. In fact, many people who suffer from a jutting tooth or multiple jutting teeth tend to feel hesitant to laugh or smile, even around people they have known for many years. This can be detrimental to your career if you are in a profession in which you have to interact with the public.
In terms of overall dental health, a jutting tooth can through off overall dental alignment. This can make biting and chewing quite uncomfortable, preventing you from eating some of your favorite foods. In addition, this can lead teeth grinding (bruxism), which can damage your teeth and cause gum recession as well.
Porcelain Veneers for Jutting Teeth
For a tooth that just juts out a bit, porcelain veneers may be an ideal solution to consider. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to conceal aesthetic flaws from view. With a porcelain veneer in place, your smile will look pristine and perfect. Keep in mind that porcelain veneers should only be used when the jutting is purely aesthetic in nature.
Porcelain veneers are also ideal for other kinds of cosmetic flaws, such as stains, chips, cracks, and asymmetry.
Orthodontic Care for Jutting Teeth
When jutting teeth cause more serious problems with the overall alignment of the smile, the ideal treatment option to consider is orthodontic care. By using braces and other orthodontic appliances, a dentist can adjust the overall position of a tooth and shape of the dental arch. Carefully applied force and pressure will help promote optimal dental alignment. The ideal orthodontic appliance for your needs can be discussed during the consultation process.
Advanced Treatments for Tooth Alignment Issues
If you have teeth the jut out too severely, you may require oral surgery and other advanced treatments to improve your dental alignment. Oral surgery can address the jawbone and the shape of your dental arch directly. Following oral surgery, orthodontic care may be used to help with the alignment of your dental arch and the position of a tooth. The exact approach for these advanced therapies will be carefully tailored to your needs.
Tailoring Treatments to the Patient
There are many treatment options available to use to deal with teeth that jut out. The best way to find out what your treatment options are is to stop by for a consultation. We'll be able to carefully assess your situation and develop a custom treatment plan to your needs. This will also give you a chance to ask any questions you may have about treatment and what it will entail.
Learn More About Your Treatment Options
For more information about treating jutting teeth and improving your overall health and wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters in greater detail.