A tooth that juts out can lead to dental problems and self esteem issues. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry treatments are available to address the appearance of jutted teeth.
If one or more jutted teeth make you want to hide your smile, treatment for a jutted tooth may be right for you. Contact Edmonton, AB dentist Nathaniel Podilsky to find out if you're a candidate. In the meantime, read on to learn more about jutted teeth and your treatment options.
A jutted tooth is a tooth that protrudes outward, sometimes resting on the lip. Jutted teeth may occur in either arch and may affect one or more teeth. Often, the two upper, front teeth, jut out, a condition that is called “buck teeth.”
Overcrowding of the teeth frequently causes jutted teeth. Since there isn't enough room for the teeth to grow properly, the space constrictions of overcrowding can cause one or more teeth to jut forward. Overcrowding may occur as a result of an undersized jawbone or it may be caused by the size of the teeth, the eruption of wisdom teeth, or having one or more supernumerary (or extra) teeth.
Besides overcrowding, a jutted tooth may develop as a result of thumb sucking, pacifier use, or bottle use long after the age of two. Others may develop a jutted tooth from a swallowing reflex disorder called tongue thrust. With tongue thrust, the tongue pushes against the upper teeth instead of the roof of the mouth when swallowing. Over time, the pressure of the tongue can push one or more teeth outward.
A jutted tooth may seem like a cosmetic issue, but it's more than that. Jutted teeth can lead to oral health problems and should be treated as early as possible. Two of the biggest issues with jutted teeth are the impact on bite alignment and the impact on the enamel.
One or more jutted teeth may cause alignment issues, sometimes resulting in jaw strain and discomfort. Jutted teeth may also cause the teeth to wear unevenly, increasing the risk of enamel erosion and tooth decay.
Undergoing treatment for a jutted tooth can help protect oral health and improve the smile's appearance. Most patients with a jutted tooth benefit from orthodontic treatment, including:
For more information about treatment for a jutted tooth, or to discuss your dental care needs, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Podilsky.