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As your child continues to grow, their 20 primary teeth will gradually be replaced by 32 permanent teeth. Of course, this happens in a somewhat irregular progression. Sometimes changes and spaces left by missing teeth can cause multiple permanent teeth to improperly emerge. If this issue isn’t addressed it can increase your child’s chances of suffering dental health conditions like a loss of tooth enamel, chipped tooth enamel and dental fractures.

In a case such as this, the best thing to do is schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, Dr. Michael Nguyen. After assessing the situation he will recommend the most effective method for correcting an alignment problem. The doctor may suggest traditional braces for your child. In the case of a severe overcrowding problem the dentist might recommend extracting one of the teeth. This will allow the sufficient space for the adjacent teeth to move into the their proper alignment. Afterward an extraction the dentist will provide you with the necessary recovery information to ensure that your child’s gums heal without complications. This might also include providing them with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or pain medication.

If you are in the Sherman, Texas, area and you are concerned about the alignment of your child’s permanent teeth, you should call 903-893-2800 to set up a consultation at North Texas Dental.