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Questions about post braces treatment.

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Posted by: alaskaslabyrinth  (9 years ago)
Hi. I have a couple of questions about my teeth if you guys don't mind. Any help will be much appreciated!

So I got my braces off a month ago and my upper teeth started moving, even with the retainers. My front teeth now have a gap and I'm not sure what the dentist is going to do with it. Is there still a way for it to go back to its old position right after the braces? Retainers don't seem to help and when I asked my dentist if she can maybe adjust the retainers she said those don't work that way. :/

Also, one of my upper wisdom tooth may be need to be pulled out. Is it absolutely necessary? Is it expensive?

Lastly (phew!), my panoramic xray showed that 2 of my lower molars may need a root canal. I didn't quite understand what the dentist said, something about the roots of my molars absorbing the bone? She says its so that my teeth won't move but frankly I don't want to have anything done with those teeth anymore especially because they don't cause me any discomfort. She says it's either a root canal or I can have it pulled out (no way! Having 2 missing lateral incisors is bad enough). Any advise on this guys? :(

Thanks so much!
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Posted by: stevepearls  (9 years ago)
Hi,
The given information is good, but also include more things like brief information that analyze everything here.
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Posted by: alaskaslabyrinth  (9 years ago)
Hi! With which question? :)

With the first question, a gap is starting to open between my central incisors. I've talked to my dentist about it, and she just says it must be because of my labial frenum. Does this even happen after braces? :/ She didn't say anything about how or if we could still fix it.

With the wisdom tooth question, my upper wisdom tooth isn't impacted, but my dentist fears that it may be too close to my 2nd upper molar. I've heard of people not removing their wisdom teeth so I don't know if I should have those touched.

In the last question, my dentist didn't really explain much so I can't give out more info sorry. :( She just said that the roots were already so near the bone and may end up absorbing it. When asked if the root canal was necessary, she says yes because the teeth may move (which is why i don't get why a root canal is supposed to stop them from moving...).

Anyway sorry if I sound so hesitant about the treatments. It's just that I'm very very worried about the cost. :( (post grad who just got a low paying job and a lot of bills to pay :/)
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"With the first question, a gap is starting to open between my central incisors. I've talked to my dentist about it, and she just says it must be because of my labial frenum. Does this even happen after braces? :/ She didn't say anything about how or if we could still fix it."

It is very common after braces. The surgery on the labial frenum probably should have been removed when braces started. Now you will have to move them back with an aligner, probably remove the frenum, and probably fixate the two teeth permanently so they do not part again.

"With the wisdom tooth question, my upper wisdom tooth isn't impacted, but my dentist fears that it may be too close to my 2nd upper molar. I've heard of people not removing their wisdom teeth so I don't know if I should have those touched."

Wisdom teeth endanger 2nd molars. See the article about it on my website. Get them out while you are young.

"In the last question, my dentist didn't really explain much so I can't give out more info sorry. :( She just said that the roots were already so near the bone and may end up absorbing it. When asked if the root canal was necessary, she says yes because the teeth may move (which is why i don't get why a root canal is supposed to stop them from moving...)."

Your molars either need root canals or they don't. There are all sorts of tests to determine if root canals are necessary. If you need them and don't have them, the cyst will absorb bone, and you will lose the teeth.

Posted 9 years ago
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Hi! With which question? :)

With the first question, a gap is starting to open between my central incisors. I've talked to my dentist about it, and she just says it must be because of my labial frenum. Does this even happen after braces? :/ She didn't say anything about how or if we could still fix it.

It is very common after braces. The surgery on the labial frenum probably should have been removed when braces started. Now you will have to move them back with an aligner, probably remove the frenum, and probably fixate the two teeth permanently so they do not part again.

With the wisdom tooth question, my upper wisdom tooth isn't impacted, but my dentist fears that it may be too close to my 2nd upper molar. I've heard of people not removing their wisdom teeth so I don't know if I should have those touched.

Wisdom teeth endanger 2nd molars. See the article about it on my website. Get them out while you are young.

In the last question, my dentist didn't really explain much so I can't give out more info sorry. :( She just said that the roots were already so near the bone and may end up absorbing it. When asked if the root canal was necessary, she says yes because the teeth may move (which is why i don't get why a root canal is supposed to stop them from moving...).

Your molars either need root canals or they don't. There are all sorts of tests to determine if root canals are necessary. If you need them or don't have them, the cyst will absorb bone, and you will lose the teeth.

Posted 9 years ago
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