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Children's permanent teeth normally erupt over several years after first forming below the gum line. All their permanent teeth should come in by the time they reach early adolescence.

Unfortunately, this process doesn't always happen as it should. If the erupting teeth become crowded due to a poor bite (malocclusion), teeth still to come in may not have enough room to fully erupt. They become impacted, a condition in which the visible crown remains partially or completely submerged below the gum line.

Impacted teeth create consequences for other teeth and dental health overall. They more readily cause abscesses (a localized infection within the gum tissue) and can damage the roots of nearby teeth. Impacted front canine (eye) teeth can interfere with bite function and their visual absence mars an otherwise attractive smile.

If your child's canine teeth have failed to erupt properly, there is a way to help them fully come in if you act before their mouth structure fully matures. The first step is an orthodontic evaluation of their entire bite. This will determine if there's enough space to move other teeth to make room for the impacted canines.

If so, we would then find the exact position of the impacted teeth using x-rays and possibly cone beam CT scanning for a detailed three-dimensional image. The teeth could be in a variety of positions, such as angled toward the roof of the mouth or cheek or buried high in the jawbone. If the teeth are too far out of position the best course of action may be to remove them and replace them later with a dental implant.

If the impacted teeth, though, are in a feasible position for retrieval, we first expose each tooth through the gums with a minor surgical procedure and bond a small bracket to it. We then attach a small gold chain to the bracket that loops over an orthodontic appliance attached to other teeth. The appliance will exert pressure over several months to pull the tooth into proper position.

If successful, your child will gain the use of these important teeth and a more attractive appearance. But don't delay — this desired outcome will become much harder if not impossible to attain as their teeth and jaws continue to develop.

If you would like more information on treating impacted teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Exposing Impacted Canines.”

By Prestige Dental Network
August 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Are you doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy? Preventive dentistry is a branch of dentistry that emphasizes the importancepreventaive dentistry of daily practices and ongoing hygiene procedures to prevent oral health problems. Prestige Dental Network, which has offices in Meriden, Hartford and East Hartford, CT, offers a full range of dental services. Read on to find out why preventive care is so important.

Enjoy a Healthy Smile- By seeing your dentist regularly and practicing good oral hygiene at home, you can help keep your smile healthy for years to come. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by your dentist. Regular dental visits can help to catch problems early on, such as gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, or even cancer.

Prevent Cavities- Dental plaque is a sticky film that builds up on your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. Plaque can also develop on the tooth roots underneath the gums and cause breakdown of the bone supporting the teeth. Dental plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing, and getting professional dental cleanings.

Prevent Oral Diseases- During your dental checkup, your Meriden, Hartford and East Hartford dentist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and other oral health problems. Gum disease can lead to major problems if it is not treated in a timely manner. Your dentist will also conduct an oral cancer screening during your checkup. Your dentist will look for signs of cancer and precancerous conditions in your mouth. 

Prevent Tooth Loss- Tooth loss is a process in which one or more teeth come loose and fall out. Causes of tooth loss range from poor nutrition to bad oral hygiene, gum disease, smoking, or an injury to your teeth. Good dental hygiene and regular dental visits can help you keep your teeth as you get older. 

Maintain Overall Health- A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Research shows that oral health can have an impact on your overall health. Good oral hygiene can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of serious health problems such as strokes, heart attacks, heart disease, and preterm labor. 

To keep your oral health on track, call Prestige Dental Network to schedule a dental appointment in Meriden, Hartford and East Hartford, CT. Maintaining your oral health is important – and a focus on regular preventive care and the advice of your dentist can help you stay healthy.

By Prestige Dental Network
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.