Jutting Teeth: What Are My Treatment Options?

Aug 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM — by Steven Balloch, DDS

A woman smilingPatients who come to our Hartford cosmetic dentistry center know that we offer advanced dental care for a host of issues. When people suffer from crooked teeth and dental alignment problems, we can a number of treatments to consider.

A number of patients experience issues with teeth that jut out too far. This can lead to many problems when it comes to your smile. Let's cover some of the basics about jutting teeth and then look at some common methods of treatment.

Problems Caused by Jutting Teeth

Jutting teeth can cause cosmetic problems as well as health issues.

With regard to the cosmetic problems, jutting teeth can throw off the appearance of your smile. Even just a single jutting tooth could leave you feeling self-conscious about laughing, smiling, and speaking, even around family members and loved ones. If you have a job that involves public interactions, jutting teeth can potentially impact your career as well.

With regard to your dental health, a jutting tooth can negatively impact your overall dental alignment. This could lead to pain and discomfort while biting and chewing as well as teeth grinding (bruxism), with a TMJ disorder or gum recession as a further consequence.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options for Jutting Teeth

When a tooth juts out only a little bit, it may be possible to address the problem with cosmetic procedures. A porcelain veneer or two placed on certain teeth can help conceal the tooth misalignment caused by a jutting tooth. These approaches are only recommended when the jutting is purely aesthetic in nature and does not impact dental wellness. Typically, the jutting is very minor in nature in such circumstances.

Orthodontic Care for Jutting Teeth

Orthodontic care is the most common and ideal option to consider for the treatment of jutting teeth. By undergoing orthodontic treatment, gradually applied tension and pressure will help shift a patient's teeth into a more ideal position. Whether it's braces, palate expanders, headgear, or other orthodontic tools, the overall alignment of the teeth and/or dental arches will be improved, leading to enhanced dental wellness a better alignment.

Orthodontic care tends to be easier the younger a patient is, though adult orthodontics can yield excellent results when properly planned and implemented.

Advanced Dental Treatments for Jutting Teeth

When the jutting of the teeth is severe, more advanced measures may be required. This generally means oral surgery to reposition the teeth and alter the shape of the smile. Following the oral surgery corrections, orthodontic care may be used to help make the final necessary adjustments and ensure that proper dental alignment is achieved.

Tailoring Treatments to the Needs of Patients

As you can see, there are many ways that jutting teeth can be treated. During a consultation at our practice, we can assess your situation and discuss the ideal treatment options available. This will give you a good understanding of what to expect from treatment and what to expect from the process. We are here for you.

Learn More About Treating Crooked Teeth

If you would like more information about your treatment options for crooked or jutting teeth, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our team will help you smile with renewed confidence and experience excellent dental health.

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