Crooked, overlapped, gapped, and rotated teeth are all common orthodontic issues. These problems not only detract from a brilliant smile, they can also compromise your overall oral health. At Southwind Dental Care in Memphis, TN, Dr. Timothy S. Messer offers a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments for the entire family. Today, he discusses treatment for a rotated tooth and explains how we correct this issue for our patients.
There are several reasons why teeth may be rotated. The most common cause is trauma to the tooth during the developmental years. However, the teeth can also become rotated as a result of overcrowding (when the jawbone is too small to accommodate all of the teeth), gaps in the smile, supernumerary (extra) teeth, or cysts and tumors. If periodontal disease is present, this condition may accelerate the development of rotated teeth.
No matter what the cause, rotated teeth can be addressed with cosmetic dentistry procedures. The treatment recommended for you will depend on the complexity of your case. In the sections below, we will address three common treatments for a rotated tooth.
If your tooth is only slightly rotated, it may be corrected with dental bonding. This procedure involves the use of a tooth-colored composite resin material. Once applied to the affected teeth, the composite is shaped, hardened, and polished.
Dental bonding makes the rotated tooth appear as though it is in proper alignment and offers natural-looking results. Generally, dental bonding lasts approximately six or seven years with proper care.
Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers can make a rotated tooth appear straight and in alignment with the rest of your teeth. However, instead of applying composite resin, a custom-made restoration is bonded to the front surface of the affected tooth.
To achieve the desired result, more than one veneer may be necessary. With proper maintenance and regular dental visits, porcelain veneers can last upwards of 20 years before needing replacement.
If your rotated tooth is severe, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to address the concern. At our practice, we offer orthodontic aligner trays for patients who wish to straighten their teeth without traditional metal braces. This option is the most comprehensive and certainly the solution recommended for those with severe rotation.
To correct rotated teeth, patients will need to wear their trays for about 22 hours every day. Approximately every two weeks the current trays will be removed and replaced with the next set in the series. Over time, the subtle changes in the aligners will move your teeth into their proper positions.
Many of our patients combine two or more cosmetic treatments to achieve comprehensive results. Those who undergo treatment for a rotated tooth can also have their teeth whitened or contour their smile with dental bonding. No matter what your aesthetic goals, we can help you reach them.
If you have one or more rotated teeth, we can help you address the problem and regain your self-confidence. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Messer. Contact us online or call our office at (901) 751-1260.
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.