At Preston Hollow Specialists, our team offers care to patients at any age, starting with children as young as 6 years old. However, before we can begin your treatment, our dentists must diagnose the condition of your mouth. This examination generally includes taking X-rays, impressions, and photographs. After we have gathered this information, we will be able to classify any imperfection in the positioning of your smile.
Depending on your situation, our dentists will be able to categorize your face or teeth into one of three categories. Depending on your needs, your face itself can be classified into one of the following three classes:
- Class 1: This class may involve removing a tooth or expanding a tooth to help you.
- Class 2: This class may require the removal of teeth, early guidance, or orthognathic surgery.
- Class 3: This class may require orthodontic treatments, to correct misaligned bites, or the removal of teeth.
Your teeth can be categorized similarly.
- Class 1: This class describes a normal bite or balance.
- Class 2: This class describes lower teeth that are further back than your upper jaw.
- Class 3: This class is used to describe a condition occurring when your lower teeth are moved too far forward.
Dr. Hildebrand and Dr. Sanovich invite you to contact us today if you would like more information about how your face and teeth may be classified in Dallas, Texas. We are eager to help you have the ideal smile you have always wanted.
Impacted & Missing Teeth
How can I treat an impacted tooth?
An impacted tooth (or a tooth that does not erupt or only partially erupts) can cause improper positioning. Impactions can also be caused by the loss of a primary tooth or by crowding. Wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted, but canines and premolars may also become impacted. Our dentists recommend that you correct impacted teeth before they can:
- Damage the roots of nearby teeth
- Create unwanted spaces
- Wear down adjacent teeth
- Cause asymmetric alignment
Fortunately, our team can usually treat an impacted tooth by exposing it and carefully bringing the tooth into place with one of several methods.
What can I do for a missing tooth?
Another reason why your tooth may not have grown in correctly is because the tooth itself is missing from your jawbone. A tooth may be missing because of trauma or simply because it did not develop. If your tooth is missing, Dr. Hildebrand and Dr. Sanovich may recommend one of many restorations to return your smile to its ideal health, appearance, and comfort. Our team at Preston Hollow Specialists invites you to contact us today if you would like more information about your treatment options for impacted teeth in Dallas, Texas.
Crowding & Spacing of Teeth
What is crowding?
If your teeth are twisted or displaced, you may suffer from crowding. This condition occurs when your teeth are larger than the space you have available, when you lose your teeth, and when your tooth erupts prematurely. If it is not treated, crowding can lead to several problems, such as:
- Damage to your temporomandibular joint (or TMJ)
- Difficulty cleaning your teeth
- A higher chance for gum disease or tooth decay
- Increased wear on your teeth
Our team can combat crowding by extracting a troublesome tooth or by expanding your arches. After we have allowed for more space, Dr. Hildebrand and Dr. Sanovich can utilize braces to give you the straight teeth you deserve.
What is spacing?
Spacing is essentially the opposite of crowding. Instead of having little room for your teeth, your mouth has too much space. This can be caused when your teeth are missing or when they are impacted. This difficulty can lead to several similar problems. This problem can typically be resolved by moving your teeth together and aligning them properly. Our dentists invite you to contact us at Preston Hollow Specialists today if you would like more information dental crowding or about tooth spacing in Dallas, Texas.