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Some questions about my teeth

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Posted by: vanillaaa  (9 years ago)
I have a baby tooth that never fell out and I am 17.. I'm not sure if I have a congenitally missing tooth or if the tooth is impacted.. I have a few questions.

1.There is a tooth above my 2nd premolar, is this the adult tooth of the baby tooth that never fell out? Is growing 2 teeth away from where it's supposed to be even possible?

2. I heard that extracting premolars can have an effect on the facial profile.. Will the ortho extract the premolar or the tooth above it? I'm very worried.

3. Can braces fix a slightly off-center midline?

4. If it turns out that I do have a missing adult tooth, what should I do? Implants are expensive and braces are all I can afford right now.

Here's a picture:

http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j380/candytreesss/Photoon2011-12-08at0705.jpg
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I have a baby tooth that never fell out and I am 17.. I'm not sure if I have a congenitally missing tooth or if the tooth is impacted.. I have a few questions.

1.There is a tooth above my 2nd premolar, is this the adult tooth of the baby tooth that never fell out? Is growing 2 teeth away from where it's supposed to be even possible?

Don't know without an x-ray and clinical exam.

2. I heard that extracting premolars can have an effect on the facial profile.. Will the ortho extract the premolar or the tooth above it? I'm very worried.

It does not significantly affect facial profile. Don't know without x-rays which tooth should be extracted, if any.

3. Can braces fix a slightly off-center midline?

Yes, but it is difficult

4. If it turns out that I do have a missing adult tooth, what should I do? Implants are expensive and braces are all I can afford right now.

If the space cannot be closed orthodontically, an implant is the only practical option. Baby teeth can stare in the mouth for many years.

Here's a picture:

http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j380/candytreesss/Photoon2011-12-08at0705.jpg


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