In simple terms, dental crowding is caused by teeth being too large for the jaw they’re growing in. Let’s take a closer look at dental crowding and the problems it can cause.
What challenges does dental crowding cause?
If the teeth do not have enough space to grow in, they can push other teeth out of alignment. This causes more than just a crooked smile; it could cause serious dental issues such as:
- Gum Disease – An overcrowded mouth can lead to gum inflammation, which when left untreated could lead to gum disease.
- Abnormal Tooth Wear – Since a crowded mouth may have teeth so far out of alignment that they are not being used to chew, you could end up with some teeth worn more than others. Misaligned teeth could also cause them to touch each other in areas where they otherwise wouldn’t which leads to wear and even fractures or cracks.
- Speech Problems – Dental crowding can lead to speech problems since it can restrict the tongue from moving normally.
- Bad Breath – When teeth are misaligned, it can create more areas for food to become trapped, causing bad breath causing bacteria to grow. It’s important to use an ADA recommended mouthwash along with regular brushing and flossing to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
How is dental crowding treated?
A dentist will be able to assess the severity of a patient’s dental crowding and make the necessary recommendations. Some things that may be used to correct an overcrowded mouth are teeth extractions, mouth spacers, retainers or braces.
It’s essential to have a dentist evaluate the state of your dental crowding and make any necessary recommendations for treatment. If you suspect you may be having some issues due to an overcrowded mouth or just need an expert opinion, be sure to call Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts for an appointment today.