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Lingual Eruption of Teeth

Addressing Lingual Eruption of Teeth with Expert Orthodontic Care

In the field of orthodontics, some common conditions can greatly affect a patient’s oral health and well-being. One such condition is the lingual eruption of teeth. This issue is unique and challenging. It needs the skill of experienced orthodontists for proper treatment and correction.

Dr. Ryan Redford and Dr. Michael Burke, with over 30 years of orthodontic service in Riverside County, California, have been at the forefront of treating such intricate cases in their Temecula and Lake Elsinore offices.

We will explain the complexities of lingual eruption, the advanced treatment options available, and the unparalleled expertise of Burke & Redford Orthodontists in treating this condition for children and teenagers.

Understanding Lingual Eruption of Teeth

Lingual eruption occurs when a tooth emerges on the lingual (tongue) side of the dental arch, deviating from its intended eruptive path. This abnormal positioning can lead to bite misalignment, esthetic concerns, and difficulties in speech and oral hygiene. Early detection and intervention are paramount in mitigating potential complications and ensuring a healthy, functional bite.

Lingual Eruption of Teeth and Managing Early or Delayed Baby Teeth Loss with Orthodontics
Lingual Eruption of Teeth

Orthodontic Treatment Options

To correct lingual eruption, a comprehensive suite of orthodontic treatments is available, with a specific approach tailored to the individual needs of each child or teenager. Burke & Redford Orthodontists specialize in a variety of corrective measures.

Self-Ligating Braces: Including clear, metal, and Damon braces. These advanced orthodontic braces offer efficient tooth movement and are selected based on the specific requirements of each patient.

Aligners: For suitable cases, clear aligners may be used to discreetly correct the positioning of lingually erupted teeth.

Orthodontic Appliances: Additional devices, such as palatal expanders and space maintainers, may be necessary to address underlying issues contributing to lingual eruption.

Palatal Expanders: Understanding Their Role in Orthodontic Treatment

Palatal expanders are a key tool in orthodontics, especially for young patients. These devices help to widen the upper jaw when it’s too narrow, creating the space needed for teeth to align properly. Here’s how they work:

Purpose of a Palatal Expander

  • To widen the upper jaw (maxilla) to correct a narrow palate.
  • To enhance the alignment between the upper and lower teeth.
  • To create space for crowded teeth, potentially reducing the need for tooth extractions.

How They Work

A palatal expander exerts gentle pressure on the upper molars to slowly expand the upper jaw at its growth plate.

The device consists of an expansion screw that is “turned” at regular intervals, leading to widening of the growth plate and the creation of new bone in the palate.

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Palatal Expander

Different Types of Palatal Expanders

Fixed Expanders: Attached to the upper molars through bonding or bands and adjusted by turning a screw in the center.

Removable Expanders: Similar in function but can be taken out for cleaning or as directed by the orthodontist. Removable expanders are not commonly used.

Treatment Process

The expander is custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth from a digital or physical mold.

Adjustment is typically done by the orthodontist or taught to the patient’s caregiver, involving turning the screw slightly each day for a prescribed period.

The total expansion period varies but usually lasts 1-2 months, followed by a stabilization period where the expander remains in place without further adjustment to allow new bone to form.

Benefits of the Palatal Expander

  • Widens the upper jaw to correct crossbites.
  • Reduces the need for tooth extractions to help manage crowding.
  • Prepares the mouth for future orthodontic work by creating a more ideal alignment.

Palatal expanders play a crucial role in correcting certain orthodontic issues, ensuring that patients have the foundation for a healthy, beautiful smile. Dr. Ryan Redford and Dr. Michael Burke utilize these devices as part of their comprehensive approach to orthodontic care, leveraging their expertise to achieve optimal results for their patients in Riverside County.

It is not uncommon for a baby tooth to remain in the mouth when its associated adult tooth has erupted lingually. These baby teeth will often not loosen on their own and require extraction. Our doctors collaborate closely with trusted dentists, with whom they have worked with for years. This multidisciplinary approach ensures comprehensive care from diagnosis to treatment completion.

Example Case Studies and Scenarios

Please note: The following case studies are examples and scenarios intended to illustrate the potential treatment approaches and outcomes for patients with lingual eruption of teeth.

Case Study 1: A teenage patient presented with a single tooth lingually erupted behind the lower dental arch. Utilizing self-ligating metal braces and strategic use of orthodontic elastics, Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke successfully guided the tooth into its correct position within the arch. The treatment was complemented by a simple extraction procedure to remove a baby tooth that wouldn’t shed on its own, performed in collaboration with the patient’s pediatric dentist.

Metal Braces Self Ligating
Self-Ligating Metal Braces

Case Study 2: An adult patient with multiple lingually erupted teeth in the upper arch underwent treatment with clear aligners. This non-invasive approach effectively corrected the malpositioned teeth, significantly improving the patient’s bite and smile esthetics. A custom-made retainer was provided to ensure the longevity of the results.

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Wearing Your Retainer Maintains Your Beautiful Smile After Your Braces are Removed.

These scenarios underscore the adaptability and personalized care approach of Burke & Redford Orthodontists, tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.

The Importance of Follow-up and Maintenance

Post-treatment, regular follow-up visits are crucial to monitor the stability of the correction and address any minor adjustments needed. Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke emphasize the importance of proper maintenance and care, including the use of retainers, to preserve the treatment outcomes and support lasting oral health.

Expertise of Dr. Redford and Dr. Burke

Dr. Ryan Redford and Dr. Burke’s extensive experience, coupled with a commitment to ongoing education and the use of leading-edge orthodontic technology, positions them as leaders in the field. Patients also appreciate each doctor’s warm and friendly approach.

Burke & Redford Orthodontists are renowned for their expertise in a wide range of orthodontic treatments, including the innovative use of self-ligating braces and custom orthodontic appliances. Their practice is a testament to the blend of art and science in orthodontics, ensuring each patient receives the highest standard of care tailored to their specific condition and lifestyle preferences.

Request an Appointment for Orthodontic Treatment

The correction of lingual eruption of teeth represents just one facet of the comprehensive orthodontic care provided by Dr. Ryan Redford and Dr. Michael Burke. With a patient-first philosophy, state-of-the-art treatment options, and a collaborative approach to care, Burke & Redford Orthodontists remain at the forefront of transforming smiles and improving oral health.

Their dedication to excellence has made a significant impact on the lives of countless children and teenagers across Riverside County, solidifying their reputation as trusted providers of orthodontic care.

If you need an expert for the management of lingual eruption, ectopic eruption of teeth, or any other orthodontic issue for your child, teen, or yourself, Burke & Redford Orthodontists offer a welcoming environment, advanced treatment modalities, and the assurance of over three decades of professional experience.

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Dr. Ryan Redford and some wonderful children learning about orthodontics with their friend getting treated!

You may Request an Orthodontic Appointment by calling the Temecula or Lake Elsinore offices today or fill out the form through the website anytime to embark on your journey towards a healthier, more confident smile.

Temecula Orthodontist Office

Address: 41238 Margarita Rd Ste 101 Temecula CA 92591

Phone: (951) 699-8011

Office Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lake Elsinore Orthodontist Office

Address: 351 Railroad Canyon Rd Ste C, Lake Elsinore CA 92532

Phone: (951) 699-8011

Office Hours: Open 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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