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Treatment for a Jutted Tooth

Photo of a jutted toothIf one or more teeth jut out, it can lead to feelings of insecurity. In addition, jutted teeth can also have a negative impact on the bite, and in turn, your overall oral health.

There are several treatments available when addressing this type of misalignment, including traditional orthodontics and procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

Here, our team at Southwind Dental Care in Memphis, TN explore treatment for jutted teeth and explain how we can help patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

About Jutted Teeth

Jutted teeth, or protruding teeth, can be caused by a number of factors. For example, overcrowding can cause one or more teeth to stick out.

Jutted teeth may also be the result of early childhood habits, such as prolonged pacifier use, thumb-sucking, or a tongue thrust.

In many cases, jutted teeth are simply the result of genetics. If you have an immediate family member with overcrowding or jutted teeth, you are more likely to have the condition yourself.

Cosmetic Treatments for Jutted Teeth

Mild cases of misalignment, including jutted teeth, can often be addressed with cosmetic treatments. The most common procedures performed at our office include:

  • Dental bonding: Appropriate for minor alignment issues, dental bonding involves applying composite resin to the tooth, and reshaping it to appear flusher to the adjacent teeth. This option will not be effective for everyone. However, for those who qualify, bonding is an affordable and non-invasive solution.
  • Porcelain veneers: Custom-crafted from ceramic porcelain, veneers are color-matched to your teeth for a natural appearance. Veneers adhere to the front surfaces of the teeth to mask cosmetic flaws such as chips, cracks, discoloration, gaps, and alignment concerns. Like most other dental restorations, veneers will require replacement at some point. On average, they last about 10 to 15 years.
  • Dental crowns: In some cases, a dental crown may be necessary to correct a jutted tooth. Like veneers, crowns are custom-made in a lab. However, they fit over the entire tooth structure rather than just the front surface. In most cases, crowns can last upwards of 20 years with proper care and maintenance.

Orthodontic Treatments for Jutted Teeth

If your misalignment issues are complex or severe, then orthodontic treatment will be the most optimal and predictable option.

At Southwind Dental Care, we offer orthodontic aligners for patients who wish to straighten their teeth without metal braces. This treatment option gradually moves the teeth into more ideal positions using clear aligner trays. In most cases, treatment can be completed in about 18 to 24 months. However, the specific timeline will depend on the unique needs of the individual.

While most patients can benefit from orthodontic aligners, there may be some cases that require traditional metal braces, particularly if the bite is a concern. During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Messer can help you decide on an option that will effectively meet your needs.

How to Know Which Treatment Option Is Right for You

When assessing your teeth, Dr. Messer will take note of several factors that will help him make an informed decision regarding your treatment. For example, the most appropriate treatment for you will depend on:

  • The cause of protrusion
  • Your personal cosmetic goals
  • How much time you are willing to spend undergoing treatment
  • The angle at which your jutted tooth sticks out

Schedule a Consultation at Our Practice

If one or more jutted teeth are affecting your smile and your confidence, we can help. To learn more about the treatment offered at our practice, contact us online or call us at (901) 751-1260.

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.