As your child grows, his or her mouth and jaw slowly expands. This is usually accompanied by 20 primary teeth being replaced by 32 adult teeth. It’s possible for two or more teeth to emerge too close together. If not addressed properly, this can cause chips, a dental fracture, and dental attrition problems on multiple teeth.
To prevent complications, Dr. Stacee Burson can correct their teeth with braces. With routine adjustments, they can bring your son or daughter’s teeth into the proper alignment.
If, however, there is significant overcrowding, it may be recommended to extract one of the teeth before placing the braces. This can create a small void that provides sufficient space for the other teeth to gradually move into. After the extraction, Dr. Stacee Burson might prescribe pain management or anti-inflammatory medications to help your child to be comfortable while the gums heal.
If the incision site bleeds a little for day or two after the extraction, don’t worry. Bleeding can be controlled by lightly biting down on some rolled up sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops they can gently clear away any blood with a gently rinse of lukewarm saltwater.
If you live in the Texarkana, Texas, area and your son or daughter is struggling with overcrowded teeth, don’t hesitate to call 903-334-8080 to set up a consultation at Orthodontics by Dr. Burson.