SEE ALSO: Understanding Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
- The teeth both on the right and the left to the extracted tooth move to close the space, hence the space designated for the permanent tooth that will erupt after a few years is lost and the tooth is blocked inside the bones.
- Delayed eruption or premature eruption of the permanent tooth
- Loss of the dental arch length which leaves less space for the proper eruption of permanent teeth and consequently causes crowding
- Relationship between the molars and canines is usually disrupted which more than often calls for treatment with braces
- Midline of the teeth shifts towards the extraction side
- Tooth opposing the extraction side usually elongates and overerupts
- Alteration in the overbite and overjet of teeth
- Development of abnormal muscle activity and habits such as tongue thrust in the newly created space or digit sucking, which create further disruption in the bite.
- Speech defects
- Poor nutrition and feeding
- Aesthetic and emotional problems
How to avoid such detrimental problems?
1. Regular dental check-ups.
2. Better treat than sorry.
3. Maintain the space.
If advised to remove a tooth always make sure that the dental specialist saves the space for the future permanent tooth by placing a custom made space maintainer in your child’s mouth in place of the extracted tooth.
4. Last but not least, maintain appropriate oral hygiene measures.
Brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste (indications differ by age of child), flossing daily and regular hygiene visits as well as low sugar diet are mandatory to keep dental decay at bay.