It is not uncommon to see over retention of baby teeth. It could mean that a permanent tooth is congenitally missing or that the baby tooth has been over retained, preventing the permanent tooth from erupting. It is important to visit an orthodontist to evaluate the tooth. If the permanent tooth is in fact present, and the baby tooth is preventing its eruption, the roots of the surrounding teeth can become compromised. If left untreated for an extended period of time, you run the risk of damaging the roots of surrounding teeth, possibly even loosing teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can correct this. Braces are bonded to the permanent teeth. The baby tooth is then extracted (a rather simple procedure) and the sub-gingival permanent tooth is bonded to begin guiding it down into place. This prevents the surrounding roots from absorption.
We invite you to contact our office today to schedule your complimentary exam with Dr. Miller.
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