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Horizontally impacted secondary canine, what to do?

Horizontally impacted secondary canine, what to do?

Consultation: Consult with an orthodontist/oral surgeon team. The best course of treatment for YOU can only be determined after an examination of your entire mouth, together with radiographs. There is no one answer that will apply to everyone. ...Read more

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Anatomy (Definition)

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Could braces fix-overbite, crossbite, and crowding?

Could braces fix-overbite, crossbite, and crowding?

See orthodontist: They can evaluate you and recommend the best course of therapy for your situation. ...Read more

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How many separate/connected bony buccal walls surround molar tooth #2? Wisdom tooth missing since childhood. Thank-you.

How many separate/connected bony buccal walls surround  molar tooth #2? Wisdom tooth missing since childhood. Thank-you.

1: Tooth surrounded by 4 walls of bone. 1 on cheek side (buccal), 1 on tongue side (lingual), 1 in front (medial) and 1 in back (distal). Bone surrounding tooth can be damaged by tooth abscess, gum disease, or trauma of malocclusion. ...Read more

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A patient with 4 maxillary anterior teeth missing and anterior crossbite wants an RPD. Opinions?

A patient with 4 maxillary anterior teeth missing and anterior crossbite wants an RPD. Opinions?

Lots of variables: This sounds like a complex case with a number of possible answers. I recommend you sit down and discuss alternatives with your dentist. If you're not happy with the answer(s), he or she should be happy to send you on for another opinion. Don't be hasty; do get enough information before making the decision about how to proceed as it can make a big difference in your oral & systemic health. ...Read more

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Crooked lateral incisor teeth, what to do?

Crooked lateral incisor teeth, what to do?

Many options: Depending on the strength and health of the tooth (previous restorations, etc.) you have a choice to make. If the tooth can be rotated back to a straight position, then go with braces. If braces are not an option, then consider a veneer or crown to give the tooth a straighter appearance. Ultimately, you should consult with a dentist to find the option best suited to address your needs. ...Read more

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How do functional orthodontics address an overjet (and overbite) caused by a protruded upper jaw?

How do functional orthodontics address an overjet (and overbite) caused by a protruded upper jaw?

In small ways: Functional appliances have limited effects. Research has indicated that it restrains the growth of the upper jaw, much like the effect of a headgear, and can manipulate the dentoalveolar bone (bone that houses the teeth) to a degree. A wire connected to the appliance can further retract upper teeth, reducing overjet. It does not effect basal bone(foundational bone), as does not grow lower jaws. ...Read more

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What functional orthodontics can address an overjet (and overbite) caused by a protruded upper jaw?

Unusual: Most of the time it's lower jaw too far back, rather than upper jaw too far forward. If upper jaw is determined by skull x-ray and measurements to be too far forward, for an adult braces + jaw surgery may be required. Functional appliances are only modestly effective for growing children and are totally ineffective for non-growing adults. See an orthodontic specialist for evaluation and rx. ...Read more

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Will removing impacted wisdom tooth on one side affect jaw structure/facial symmetry? Why?

Will removing impacted wisdom tooth on one side affect jaw structure/facial symmetry? Why?

No: Teeth want to erupt and to migrate forward toward the midline. There's no mechanism for uneven front teeth to unravel back into a wisdom tooth extraction site, nor will removing a wisdom tooth allow the dental midline to shift. Please talk to qualified oral surgeon about consequences of wisdom tooth removal and qualified orthodontist about facial symmetry. ...Read more

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How we can upright lingually tilted molars (36 & 46 ) while doing fix orthodontics .Cusps of upper molars touches buccal surface of lower molars.

How we can upright lingually tilted molars (36 & 46 ) while doing fix orthodontics .Cusps of upper molars touches buccal surface of lower molars.

Multiple methods: Your orthodontic specialist can discuss with you a variety of methods to "upright" lower molars and/or pull upper molars towards tongue (or simply tip them). This may include the use of "coordinated wires, " lower "expander or lingual arch, " elastics or rubber bands, etc., etc. In other words, it's not your job to sort out the biomechanics, that's your orthodontist's. ...Read more

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Could braces fix protruding teeth without extraction of premolars/molars?

Could braces fix protruding teeth without extraction of premolars/molars?

Protruding teeth: This would be determined by the orthodontist. It would depend on your bite, on the position of all of the other teeth, the amount and condition of the bone, and whether there is enough room to move the teeth into alignment. Your orthodontist will use models and x-rays to do a space analysis. ...Read more

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Could damon braces correct my crooked teeth and bite/palate issues without surgery?

Could damon braces correct my crooked teeth and bite/palate issues without surgery?

Orthodontic consult: Unfortunately, you would have to be seen by an orthodontist in your area to get an accurate answer to your question. Without seeing you, your x-rays and having a complete workup, no orthodontist can properly evaluate your specific malocclusion and determine whether or not you need surgery into order to effect a successful outcome. If necessary, see 2 or 3 orthodontists for a consensus of opinion. ...Read more

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Are cleft lips/palates discovered/diagnosed during an anatomy scan?

Are cleft lips/palates discovered/diagnosed during an anatomy scan?

At birth: Cleft lip and/or cleft palate is visible at birth, and will be noted by the pediatrcian who examines the newborn. There is a rare anatomic anomaly called a submucous cleft, where the palatal bone does not fuse, but the overlying tissue looks normal, that is discoverable by palpation and x-ray. ...Read more

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What're the cons of extracting 4 teeth to fix an overbite / overjet?

What're the cons of extracting 4 teeth to fix an overbite / overjet?

Losing teeth: Sometimes teeth have to be sacrifice to make space. Never like to have healthy teeth removed sometimes no choice. ...Read more

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Could braces fix a horizontally impacted wisdom tooth?

Could braces fix a horizontally impacted wisdom tooth?

No: If the tooth was erupted, it might be possible to straighten. While theoretically possible, a horizontally impacted tooth would have to be exposed, brought into the mouth with a fixed orthodontic attachment, and then attempted to orthodontically bring into a proper alignment. Similarly impacted cuspids are sometimes brought into place this way, but not non-essential wisdom teeth. ...Read more

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11 yr old with underbite. Also his lateral upper incisor is erupting behind the front upper teeth which have a gap. Expander+headgear says ortho..??

11 yr old with underbite. Also his lateral upper incisor is erupting behind the front upper teeth which have a gap. Expander+headgear says ortho..??

OK: Absolutely no way to examine your child in this forum. That said, I assume you are seeing a university trained specialist Orthodontist, the dental expert best trained to diagnose and treat your child's malocclusion. The mechanotherapy you describe, expansion + reverse pull head gear, is mainstream if upper jaw narrow and too far back. ...Read more

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Flattening of molars? Due to bite change? Occlusal surfaces mismatching?

Flattening of molars? Due to bite change? Occlusal surfaces mismatching?

Yes: Grinding your teeth (buxism) may be responsible for flattening the top surfaces of your molars. Evaluation with your dentist will help to determine the cause and options for preventing more damage. ...Read more

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Could braces fix a horizontal impacted wisdom tooth?

Could braces fix a horizontal impacted wisdom tooth?

Not easily: It means putting braces on all the other teeth for anchorage, surgically exposit the wisdom tooth and placing an attachment on the tooth, then gradually, over a very long time lifting the impacted tooth up into place. Most probably the best solution is to have the wisdom tooth removed before it causes damage. See an orthodontic specialist for an initial evaluation (often free) to find out more. ...Read more

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