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Otodental syndrome is a rare genetic condition that presents with overly large teeth. The affected teeth are the canines, located at the front of the mouth and used to grab and hold food, and the rear molars, which take most of the bite force. While overly large teeth typically don't pose a major health risk, there are orthodontic and cosmetic reasons to have the teeth corrected.
What are some of the potential cosmetic dentistry treatments for otodental syndrome?
The size of the teeth can create bite issues. This might include an overbite, which involves the upper teeth protruding out over the lower teeth, or a crossbite, which means one section is shifted to the left or right of its matching teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can help fix the bite issue. Clear braces might be an option depending on the severity of the bite problem. But metal braces might be a better option, as the braces can closely fit both the overly large teeth and the average-sized teeth.
Note that braces can't correct bite problems caused by misaligned jawbones. In that case, your dentist might order a jaw surgery to correct the misalignment before realigning the actual teeth.
The various types of teeth in the mouth are each shaped in a specific size and shape to serve a purpose while chewing. Oversized molars and canines can prevent neighboring teeth from serving their chewing roles, which in turn puts even more chewing pressure on the large teeth.
This increased pressure can cause trauma to the teeth or severe discomfort when chewing. Your dentist might recommend extracting the large teeth to improve your comfort level and, after a dental replacement, your chewing.
Several different tooth replacement options exist to fill the place of an extracted tooth. But dental implants are one of the most popular due to the relative stability and fairly natural feel when chewing.
For the implant, your dentist will drill a hole into your jawbone that will hold a metal root. The area will heal until the bone and tissue fuse the root into place. Then a post is attached to the root and an artificial tooth is snapped onto the post.
Note that if the extraction was required due to decay or trauma, there could be damage to the bone underneath. If the jawbone in the area isn't strong enough for the implant root, your dentist might request a bone graft before the implant.
If you have more questions about cosmetic dentistry, contact a dental office like Artistic Dentistry by Gerard Wasselle, DMD.