Common Tooth Problems
CROWDING: When there isn’t enough space in the dental arches for the teeth, they can become crowded, or there may be extra teeth, causing alignment issues.
SPACING: Gaps or spaces between the teeth can occur due to teeth not erupting properly, impacted teeth, missing teeth, small teeth, or differences in tooth size.
DEEP BITE: A deep bite happens when the upper front teeth excessively cover the lower front teeth, leading to excessive tooth wear, gum problems, and hindered lower jaw growth.
EXCESSIVE OVERJET: Excessive overjet refers to upper front teeth that stick out too far, resulting in problems with lip closure, facial development, and jaw function. Protruding front teeth are also more prone to injury.
ANTERIOR CROSSBITE: In an anterior crossbite, one or more upper front teeth fit behind the lower front teeth. This can be a dental or jaw growth issue and should be addressed early, ideally between 4 to 6 years old.
POSTERIOR CROSSBITE: A posterior crossbite occurs when upper back teeth fit inside the lower teeth. It can cause gum tissue damage and tooth wear. Correcting it early (around 4 to 6 years old) provides a more stable outcome and prevents more complex growth problems.
ROTATIONS: Rotations can affect front or back teeth, leading to aesthetic concerns and an increased risk of gum recession and difficulty with proper functioning.
SUBMERGED PRIMARY TEETH: Submerged primary teeth are baby teeth that are trapped in the bone, indicating a problem with the normal eruption of permanent teeth. Immediate treatment is necessary.
INCORRECT ANGULATIONS: Teeth should ideally be upright and properly positioned. Incorrect angulations, similar to a fence post that isn’t straight, can result in tooth mobility, gum recession, and other complications.