When your top two front teeth protrude over your bottom teeth, it's often referred to as having buck teeth. This is a dental condition called an overjet, and it happens when your jaw isn't aligned correctly. Your lower jaw may be too far back, or your upper jaw may be too far forwards. Either condition can lead to your top two front teeth becoming too prominent.
In addition to being a cosmetic issue, buck teeth can also cause oral health problems.
A dental abscess is another term for an infection in your tooth, usually in the center of the tooth where the pulp is located. While early treatment of a dental abscess is typically associated with a favorable outcome, an untreated tooth abscess poses health dangers. Here are some potential health consequences that could occur if your dental abscess is not recognized and treated quickly.
A dental abscess produces bacteria-laden pus and if the infection is not treated quickly, it can spread to other areas of your body such as your sinus cavity, tonsils, and pharynx.
To have a chipped tooth is a pretty broad term in dentistry. It might mean that a big chunk of the tooth has broken off. It could also simply mean that a tiny fragment of the tooth's surface has chipped away. If the latter has happened to you, your only clue might be that a certain section of the tooth feels sharp underneath your tongue. There was no pain at all when the tooth was actually chipped, and as such, it's reasonable to wonder—do you even need to do anything about such a minor problem?
Some dental conditions sometimes require oral surgery to correct, such as wisdom tooth removal. Although oral surgery is considered invasive, you needn't fear the procedure. Modern dentistry techniques ensure that patients feel little pain and discomfort when undergoing oral surgery.
The following dental conditions usually require oral surgery to correct.
1. Wisdom tooth removal
Under normal circumstances, wisdom teeth are easy to remove due to their shallow roots. But if your wisdom teeth have erupted in the wrong location or are partly lodged (impacted) in the jawbone or gum tissue, oral surgery will be necessary to remove them.
Many people are afraid of going to the dentist. This is a common phobia that can make it difficult to get dental treatment and even regular care. If you have a fear of going to the dentist, you may want to consider sedation as part of your next dental appointment.
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to help you relax during your dental procedure. It is important to understand that sedation doesn't make you sleepy or unconscious.