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Genetics, the premature loss of a primary tooth, and other oral structure complications can sometimes cause several of your child’s permanent teeth to erupt too close together. This can subsequently alter the alignment of the rest of their teeth, as well as affect other areas of their mouth.

In many cases of overcrowding, the crowded teeth, in their close positions, can be at an increased risk of suffering a chip, fracture, or dental attrition. Once these teeth have been damaged, they could be at further risk of developing tooth decay in the fractured tooth enamel.

In some cases of overcrowding, an orthodontist like Dr. Maynard Davenport can correct the alignment of your son or daughter’s teeth by extracting a single tooth before installing traditional braces. Should this prove to be the case for your child, you will need to help your child maintain some basic aftercare measures to prevent complications while their gums continue to heal.

It’s best for your child to chew on the other side of your mouth while their gums are healing. It is also important that your child does not drink through a straw, as the suction could potentially pull blot clots loose from the extraction site.

Dr. Maynard Davenport might also provide your child with a prescription for pain medication, which will need to be taken at the specified times and doses to ensure your child’s comfort throughout the recovery process.

If you are in the Lakeside, Arizona, area, and if your child has developed an overcrowding issue with their teeth, you should call 928-367-2939 to schedule a braces consultation with Dr. Maynard Davenport.