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Gap in front teeth- tooth bonding can fix it?

Gap in front teeth- tooth bonding can fix it?

Closing gaps: If the gap is especially wide, or you have multiple cosmetic issues to correct, your dentist may recommend braces or other options. If the teeth in question are damaged, then cosmetic dental crowns or veneers may be recommended with or without braces. However, if you simply want to close a small gap, bonding might be a good option. ...Read more

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Molar Tooth (Definition)

The permanent molars occupy the most posterior portion of the dental arch. They are the primary grinding teeth in the mouth. Adult humans have twelve molars, in four groups of three at the back of the mouth. The third, rearmost molar in each group is called a wisdom tooth. It is the last tooth to appear, breaking through the gum tissue at about ...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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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 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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Can tooth contouring or reshaping fix crooked teeth without getting braces?

Can tooth contouring or reshaping fix crooked teeth without getting braces?

Small change: You can't recon tour the teeth too much or you will cause damage. Contouring usually only takes place on the edges and not on the front of the teeth. So you can expect very small changes by contouring the teeth. Best to get an orthodontic evaluation to see your options for straightening your teeth. ...Read more

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Tooth decay on left lateral incisor. Why?

Tooth decay on left lateral incisor. Why?

Out of balance.: Tooth decay happens when the acid caused by bacteria overwhelms the mineral structure of the tooth. In other words: the tooth endured more negative hits than it could handle. Teeth are strengthened by good hygiene, good salivary flow, and healthy mineral levels; they are weakened by sugar (which feed bacteria), hygiene insufficiency, or tooth compromise. Talk with your dentist about specifics ;-). ...Read more

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Can tooth contouring / reshaping fix cracked teeth?

Can tooth contouring / reshaping fix cracked teeth?

Not Really: Tooth recontouring and/or reshaping is done only to enhance esthetics. For example, if one of your front teeth is too long, or has a rough endge, reshaping and polishing that will make it more attractive. Cracked and broken teeth can be fixed, but they will require different treatment. Your dentist can advise you about all your options, which are pretty amazing nowadays. All the best. ...Read more

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Can veneers fix a single crooked tooth?

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Can veneers fix a single crooked tooth?

Of course: It would be possible to correct a single crooked tooth with veneer but it would take more than one to make it look perfect. ...Read more

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Preschooler's crowned front tooth broken, how can this be fixed?

Preschooler's crowned front tooth broken, how can this be fixed?

See dentist: Take your child to a pediatric dentist or a general dentist that treats kids. This is the only way to get an answer to your question and find out if this tooth can be fixed or needs extraction. ...Read more

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Could braces close the gap of 1 missing front top tooth?

Could braces close the gap of 1 missing front top tooth?

Not ideal treatment: As an adult, the best replacement is a dental implant. It depends on the condition of the adjacent teeth and what your treatment objectives are. Discuss your desires with a local dentist who can actually examine you and treat you. ...Read more

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Right canine tooth wearing down becoming sharp and losing fullness. Got front tooth bonding for chip. What can I do to preserve canine tooth. Chewing?

Right canine tooth wearing down becoming sharp and losing fullness. Got front tooth bonding for chip. What can I do to preserve canine tooth. Chewing?

2 additional points: My colleagues already gave you some very thorough and excellent answers. Without actually being able to clinically examine you, we can only give you some general advice. Some patients clench and grind their teeth even when awake, and we cannot always add bonded fillings that won't constantly break off. Two other options are a crown or having to live with some wear facets on your teeth. ...Read more

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Tooth abcess on my upper front teeth?

Tooth abcess on my upper front teeth?

Tooth abscess: An abscess is an infection and infections can spread and cause serious complications. Set up an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. This requires professional help. If your face starts swelling, you have a fever or other complication and you can't get to a dentist off hours, go to 14/7 medical facility or the ER of a hospital. Best advice is see a dentist asap! ...Read more

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Impacted wisdom tooth.How do I know if it's overcrowding my front teeth?Does crowding of teeth cause pain?Can overcrowdin be fixed by braces later?

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Impacted wisdom tooth.How do I know if it's overcrowding my front teeth?Does crowding of teeth cause pain?Can overcrowdin be fixed by braces later?

Wisdom Teeth: It's controversial whether impacted wisdom teeth cause crowding or not. If you have pain, it's possible the wisdom teeth are the cause. Overcrowding can certainly be helped with braces, the best thing would be visit a dentist to check on the wisdom teeth and to see what the cause of pain is. They can also give their opinion of braces, it's almost always better to treat crowding earlier. ...Read more

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Chipped central incisor tooth, what to do?

Chipped central incisor tooth, what to do?

Call ur dentist: There are a number of options available, including a simple bonding to veneers or even a crown. It all depends on how broken down the tooth is. Have your dentist make that determination. ...Read more

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How does a dentist fix a chipped front tooth with filling?

How does a dentist fix a chipped front tooth with filling?

Poorly: A filling by definition is a "contained" material. It fills a hole. Replacing enamel on chipped edges places bonded composite at risk of separation when brought into function. Biting a sandwich likely will break it off. Bonding composite is a temporary solution. Longevity is important. Small chips respond best to tooth contouring. Large chips to veneering with porcelain. Crown fractures. ...Read more

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How is worn bottom teeth repaired?

How is worn bottom teeth repaired?

Multiple ways: Once the cause of the wear is determined and treated properly missing tooth structure can be replaced by bonding or crowns (caps). ...Read more

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Can getting a chipped tooth sanded down hurt?

No, but: Find out if that would be the best option. Whether to smooth off a small chip or sharp edge vs. Replace it with tooth colored composite or other restoration depends upon many factors that need to be evaluated by your dentist and then discussed with you. ...Read more

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Would a dental retainer fix one crooked tooth?

Would a dental retainer fix one crooked tooth?

Depends on position: If correction involves a simple tipping motion to correct the position, then a retainer can correct it. If the tooth is significantly rotated and /or tilted out of line such that it would require rotational correction and /or uprighting of the root, then braces or invisalign may be required. ...Read more

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Can braces fix crooked teeth?

Can braces fix crooked teeth?

Yes: See the Orthodontist - the specialist in braces. After a complete examination you can review your options. Sometimes the jaws are not in alignment to permit the best corrective positioning of your teeth. In these situations the Oral Surgeon can help by repositioning them. Together the 2 specialists can get the best result. Most often, however, the braces are all you need to get a fantastic result ...Read more

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3 wisdom tooth extractrd and a molar tooth bone grafted also 6 weeks ago. Can flossing shift teeth positions?

3 wisdom tooth extractrd and a molar tooth bone grafted also 6 weeks ago.  Can flossing shift teeth positions?

No: Flossing will, if anything, tighten teeth by improving gum/bone health. If you think teeth are shifting see your General Dentist and/or Oral Surgeon for a review of your occlusion. ...Read more

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Tooth Shaping (Definition)

Tooth shaping is the procedure that dentists use to carefully change the contours of teeth for any number or reasons. It may be performed with carbide burs, disks and polishing tips. Common purposes include reshaping to improve the esthetics, balance or correct bites, or sometimes in the preparation of teeth for orthodontic treatment to ...Read more


Tooth Discoloration (Definition)

Tooth discoloration is when a tooth does not match in color with the rest of the teeth in the mouth, or an area of a single tooth does not match in color with the rest of the tooth. It could be caused by decay, a previous root canal, or sometimes by medication taken as a child. Most of the times it can be corrected with minor ...Read more