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Before we begin correcting a malocclusion (poor dental bite), we need to ask a few questions: How extensive is the malocclusion? How far must we move the teeth to correct it? How might the patient's jaw size impact treatment?

Answering these and other questions help us develop an effective treatment plan. And depending on the answers, we might need to look at other procedures before we install braces—like removing one or more of the teeth.

This isn't a subject to approach lightly: All teeth play an important role in dental function and smile appearance, and ordinarily we want to preserve teeth, not remove them. Sometimes, however, it may be a necessary action to achieve our goal of an improved dental bite.

For example, it might be necessary for correcting a malocclusion caused by severe teeth crowding. This occurs when one or both of the jaws hasn't grown to a sufficient size to accommodate all of the teeth erupting on it. As a result, some of the teeth could come in out of their proper alignment.

If caught early before puberty, we may be able to use other techniques to alleviate crowding, like a device called a palatal expander that influences an upper jaw to widen as it grows. If successful, it could provide later teeth more room to erupt in their proper positions.

But even if additional jaw growth occurs, it may not be enough to avoid a malocclusion or treatment with braces. Alleviating further crowding by removing teeth in little noticed areas could help with subsequent orthodontics.

Removing teeth may also be the answer for other problems like an impacted tooth, in which the tooth has not fully erupted and remains submerged in the gums. It's sometimes possible to use a technique to “pull” the tooth down where it should be; but again, that will still require jaw space that may not be available. The more effective course might be to remove the impacted tooth.

Whether or not tooth extraction will be needed can depend on a thorough orthodontic evaluation and full consideration of all the available options. Even though the ideal situation is to correct a bite with all teeth present and accounted for, it may be for the better good to sacrifice some.

If you would like more information on orthodontic techniques, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removing Teeth for Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Office of Michael J Morris, DDS
May 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Extractions  

Extractions Many people fear the dentist and delay visits at all costs. Some would prefer to avoid a dentist’s chair unless they develop a major toothache. But avoiding the dentist can come at a high price. If you feel that something isn't right with your oral health, it pays to see your Spring, TX dentist Michael J. Morris, DDS, sooner rather than later.

Signs of Trouble

Pain or sensitivity in your teeth can be a red flag that something isn’t right with your oral health. Sometimes pain can indicate tooth decay or enamel damage. Other times it may represent gum infections or soft tissue damage. In all cases, any discomfort in your mouth should be addressed by your Spring dentist Dr. Morris immediately.

Tooth Decay

When the hard surface of your teeth develops small holes, bacteria can make its way into the sensitive pulp of your tooth. Infection in the tooth’s root will cause pain and could lead to permanent tooth loss if not addressed quickly. But if you visit your Spring, TX dentist at the first sign of discomfort, they may be able to save the tooth with a simple filling or a root canal, depending on the condition of the tooth.

Gum Disease

When your gum become inflamed from bacteria and plaque buildup, periodontitis can develop. This is a gum disease that causes pockets to form between your gums and teeth which trap food debris and bacteria. As more bacteria develops, the gum tissue becomes further damaged. If this disease is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. If you feel any pain around your gums or experience bleeding when you brush your teeth, a visit to your Spring dentist can help avoid an extraction.

If you notice your teeth are loose, your mouth bleeds, or your bite has become uncomfortable for any reason, it’s your mouth trying to tell you something isn’t right. But a simple visit to your dentist can help preserve and protect your smile to keep your teeth healthy and strong for years to come. If you notice something’s wrong with your oral health, contact the friendly staff of Dr. Michael J. Morris dentistry in Spring, TX for a consultation at (281) 379-6939.

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