Typically, children receive 20 primary teeth, and over time their mouths grow and the structures expand to accommodate 32 permanent teeth by the age of adulthood. Sometimes, the eruption of multiple teeth can cause issues. Eruptions in a tightly spaced mouth can put the bite pattern at risk of experiencing a fractured or chipped tooth. That’s why a tooth extraction and orthodontics tend to go hand-in-hand. In cases where the teeth are crooked but are too overcrowded to benefit from braces, we may need to have a tooth removed first.
Tooth Extraction and Orthodontics
When the extraction of an overcrowded tooth is necessary, it takes place before braces. This allows more room in your smile for the remaining teeth to shift into place with the braces. Following the removal of a tooth, your child will need to adhere to some basic aftercare instructions to reduce the risk of complications while their gums are healing.
For a while, your child will need to remember to chew on the opposite side of their mouth to let the extraction site heal. They should also refrain from drinking through a straw so that the suction doesn’t dislodge the blood clot at the extraction site. If needed, our orthodontist can also prescribe pain medication to be taken as instructed at appropriate times to help your child remain comfortable.
Once the mouth has time to heal from the extraction, the orthodontic process can continue.
Tooth extraction and orthodontics will also connect when the child’s baby teeth are taking to long to fall out. Waiting for the teeth to fall out on their own could stall the orthodontic process. This is because you can’t attack brackets to premature teeth. The entire process will be for nothing if the tooth should fall out with the bracket still on.
If your child is experiencing overcrowding in their teeth? Do you want to learn more about tooth extraction and orthodontics? It’s time to contact Ricci Orthodontics. Our team is ready to discuss the process with you. Also, we help you make a decision that’s best for your child. Along with traditional braces and two-phase orthodontics, we also help with patient education. This helps decision making and oral care easier once the patient has the information they need. If you’re in the Johns Creek, Georgia area, call today at 678-932-0308 to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Steven Ricci. We’re ready to give you the smile you want and deserve.