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Shifting Teeth In Adults
How much can teeth shift as an adult? I'm starting to freak out about a front tooth becoming more crooked, but it could also just be in my head.
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Depends: Adult teeth can continue to move through out your life. They usually stop vertical movement when they hit the opposite tooth of functioning partner. If you loose a tooth then the neighboring teeth will move to occupy the space both horizontally and vertically. Check with your dentist to see what is applicable to your specific situation. ...Read more
Broad Question: Age group for "young adults"? What part of the world do they live in? Access to dental care? Standard of care? There would be more specifics needed to answer, but this is something you yourself can research over the internet. A DMF index is often used, meaning Decayed, Missing, or Filled. ...Read more
Teeth: If I understand the question correctly no you cannot recover/grow lost adult teeth. You can replace the teeth with implants, fixed bridge work or partial dentures. See your dentist and hopes this helps. ...Read more
I have seen patients w 12 bicuspids instead of 8. Also extra molars. Sometimes an extra malformed tooth can be present called supernumary teeth.
In the upper anterior it's called a mesodens.
I have also seen extra lower incisors. ...Read more
32: Adults usually have 32 different teeth, comprised of incisors, premolars, and molars. Each one has a unique shape, although left and right teeth are approximate mirror images of each other. ...Read more
Sure: If you decide to not see your dentist and do not maintain your teeth well. Most adult teeth that "fall out" are the result of periodontal gum disease. Frequent cleaning, excellent home care, balanced diet, low stress, good restful sleep, good genetics are all contributing factors to excellent overall health & dental health. ...Read more
Periodontal Disease: Periodontal disease (gum disease) is slow, chronic, painless infection of gums. If bacteria in plaque not removed (brushing, flossing), gums swell and bleed (gingivitis). Left untreated, infection progresses with deep gum pockets, bone loss, loose teeth. Bone holds teeth in place. As more bone is lost, teeth get loose. You should see you dds asap to determine if periodontal treatment can save your teeth. ...Read more
Varies slightly: There is no set age that the secondary teeth start to erupt, but 5 1/2 is a safe bet that you will see the lower anterior central incisors starting to poke thru. Earlier than that, the child's jaw is a bit small to accommodate adult sized teeth. Many children are a little older, and that is also perfectly normal. ...Read more
In certain cases: People who suffer from bruxism where they grind their teeth either at night or subconsciously during the day, wear away tooth structure from the biting surfaces of their teeth. So in effect, the shape does change, but not necessarily so for every adult. Regarding teeth coming forward- individuals who lose teeth or have periodontal gum disease can have a bite collapse or spreading out of teeth. ...Read more
Go see a dentist: You may have either an infection and/or periodontal disease. Go see a dentist. Be logical. ...Read more
Permanent teeth: You get your front four adult teeth between five and seven. The first set of permanent molars in the very back as six. The next set of molars at twelve and at twelve most all permanent teeth should be in except wisdom teeth. These erupt between sixteen and twenty and often they cannot fully grow in due to lack of space in the jaws of modern man. ...Read more
Multiple options: Permanent or adult are usually darker than the deciduous or baby teeth (often called milk teeth because of their bright white color. Staining of permanent teeth upon eruption can be caused by medications, fevers and a variety of other things while they are developing under the gums. Depending upon the staining, whitening or veneers can be done to mask the discolorations. ...Read more
In general, do most adults begin to loose more of their upper than lower teeth? The exact cause is not the issue here. Thanks.
In general: Adults tend to lose more of the teeth they don't brush and floss properly or adequately; and also the ones they don't restore properly based upon the recommendations of their treating dentist. That's true whether it's upper or lower or left or right. ...Read more
ADA reports that 27 percent of the adult population do not have any of their natural teeth left. How do you turn this number around or will it remain?
Neglect mostly: People get cavities mostly because their mouths have a prevalence of cavity causing germs (strep mutans/lactobacillus sp.). There are many other factors to consider: saliva, diet, ph, and others influence your overall cavity risk. The factors you can control to reduce risk are diet and home care. Reduce consumption of sugary/acidic foods/bevs. Brush/floss daily, and chew sugarless gum w/ xylitol. ...Read more
Certainly can. See your orthodontist for an evaluation. I have many patients over the age of 40 who get adult orthodontics. You have a long life ahead of you and it is best to keep your teeth in the proper position so they do not wear unevenly and require
extensive and costly reconstruction later. As a prosthodontist, I see these situations all the time. ...Read more
Couple of things: It is more common for adults to retain some "baby" teeth. Or more unlikely are genetic defeciencies resulting in improperly formed teeth. ...Read more
Depends: There is some degree of discomfort associated with any surgical procedure. The unknown variable is how each person perceives and responds to pain. Your mouth will be numb during the procedure but you can still feel pressure. If you do not want to feel, hear, or see anything, you can have your dentist discuss options for sedation. ...Read more
35: Most adults have a maximum of 32 teeth. The guinness world record for the most teeth in the mouth belongs to kanchan rajawat (india) and luca meriano (italy), both of whom had teeth 35 adult teeth as of 17 october 2008. ...Read more
Primary teeth: Primary teeth (baby teeth) are usually smaller and whiter than the permanent teeth that replace them. However, even as a dentist, I sometimes have to look carefully before I can be sure, at least with some unusual individual variations in size or contours. Your dentist can answer these questions for you if you are unsure. Hope you (and your family) are getting routine dental check-ups. ...Read more
Not Necessarily: There most likely is no correlation between getting teeth later and them being stronger. ...Read more