A Lost Primary Tooth Can Lead to Misaligned Permanent Teeth

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Children and young adolescents can sometimes struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine. Compounded with their propensity for candy and other sweets, this puts them at increased risk of suffering from tooth decay.

Sometimes a cavity can compromise a primary tooth so badly that it is completely lost or requires total extraction. In some of these cases, the loss of a primary can significantly alter the developing oral structure and the orientation of the developing permanent tooth.

This could cause multiple permanent teeth to emerge misaligned. Without professional intervention, the alignment issues could leave your son or daughter with an unattractive smile while also increasing their chances of suffering dental attrition and dental fractures.

In a case such as this, an orthodontist like Dr. Arjun Patel might recommend traditional braces. This is even more likely to be the case if they have started to develop an underbite or overbite.

After he has installed the various braces components they will need to return to Quest Orthodontics to have periodic adjustments performed on a regular basis. This will gradually tighten the braces hardware to gradually move their teeth one increment closer to the ideal alignment.  

If you live in the Atlanta, Georgia, area and you are concerned about the alignment of your child’s teeth, you should call 470-440-7330 to set up a consultation appointment at Quest Orthodontics.