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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
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Redwood City, CA 94063
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Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

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Treatments for Jutting Teeth: Improving Your Smile

December 02, 2017 @ 07:25 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

A woman with a tooth that juts out too farWhen a tooth juts outs further than the rest of your teeth, this can cause a number of cosmetic issues and dental health problems. These issues are compounded if multiple teeth jut out too far. Problems with dental alignment such as these need to be addressed by skilled dentists. By improving the alignment of your smile, you'll be able to smile with confidence and experience great overall dental health.

The team at our Redwood City cosmetic dentistry center would like to consider the problems caused by jutting teeth. We can then briefly discuss the various methods dentists have to treat this problem.

Cosmetic Problems Caused by Jutting Teeth

When a tooth or multiple teeth jut out too far, it may cause you to become very self-conscious about your smile. This can cause you to feel reluctant about laughing, smiling, and speaking, even around people you have known for many years. For people in professions that involve a lot of public interaction, the jutting of a tooth or multiple teeth can have a negative impact on job performance.

Dental Health Issues Caused by Jutting Teeth

In addition to the cosmetic issues above, jutting teeth can lead to serious problems with dental wellness. Poor dental alignment can make simple actions like biting and chewing painful. In addition, crooked teeth may contribute to teeth grinding (bruxism), a condition that can result in tooth damage, gum recession, and jaw joint problems such as a TMJ disorder (TMD).

Treatment with Porcelain Veneers and Dental Crowns

For minor jutting of teeth that only affects aesthetics, cosmetic or restorative dentistry options may be used, such a veneers or crowns. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that can conceal the front of a tooth from view, while dental crowns are caps that can hide an entire tooth that is poorly shaped or positioned. The ideal approach will depend on the extent of the problem.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

For the vast majority of dental patients who have teeth that jut out too much, the ideal treatment option is orthodontic care. Using braces, palatal expanders, headgear, or other appliances, carefully applied force can help improve the position of the teeth and the alignment of the smile. It's generally best for orthodontic care to be performed during a person's teens since treatment tends to go faster and with fewer hassles than adult orthodontic care. That said, good results are possible through adult orthodontic care.

Oral Surgery and Advanced Dental Therapies

When orthodontic care alone cannot achieve the necessary results, more advanced dental therapies will be recommended. This tends to mean oral surgery. Dental surgery allows bone structure and other tissues of the mouth to be dramatically revised to improve dental alignment. After surgery, orthodontic care or restorative procedures can be used to help make the final adjustments to dental alignment.

Creating a Custom Treatment Plan for You

As you can see, there are many different approaches to treating a tooth that juts out too much. The best way to find out which one is best for you is to visit our practice for a consultation. During the consultation process, we can assess your situation and develop a treatment plan that is best suited to your dental care needs.

Learn More About Treating Jutting Teeth

For more information about treating teeth that jut out and improving the overall alignment of your smile, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist today. Our team looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters in much greater detail.