Tooth Eruption Guidance
One way for a dentist to make room for crowded lower permanent teeth is to use guidance eruption. At six or seven years old, a dentist can tell whether a child’s permanent teeth are crowded or not. If they are crowded, steps need to be taken to make sure more room is provided for the child’s growing teeth and mouth. In some cases, permanent teeth may even emerge behind the child’s primary teeth, so the two sets of teeth will be seen at the same time.
Dr. Criss can make more room for permanent lower incisors by extracting the primary tooth. She can also disc away a section of the primary tooth to add room for developing permanent teeth. By the time a child is about nine years old, Dr. Criss will be able to tell if your child needs more room for their emerging teeth.
Guidance eruption has the benefits of reducing the future need of orthodontic treatment for the lower teeth. Moving crowded teeth also prevents future gingivitis and gum recession from occurring in the front permanent lower incisors. Tooth eruption guidance can move the teeth into a more spacious position and may avoid the need for braces in the future.