Many teens face challenging dental health problems that range from an assortment of causes and severity. Listed below are common dental issues seen in teens as well as some ways these issues are addressed and treated.
Cavities are probably the number one issue when it comes to teens and dental problems. Cavities can range in sizes from a small pin cavity too large in size. Cavities that go untreated will eventually cause tooth decay that could result in extensive dental repair work or even the loss of a tooth. Cavities are generally drilled and filled with a composite filling. Sometimes a root canal or tooth extraction is needed if the tooth is severely decayed. Cavities can be prevented with a good oral hygiene routine and limiting sugary foods.
Crooked Or Crowded Teeth
Some kids teeth grow in crooked, crowded, or misaligned. Crooked teeth can cause self-esteem issues in teens, but depending on the severity they can also cause joint pain, or for the teeth to be worn down prematurely. An orthodontist will need to put braces on these types of teeth. Braces will help correct the alignment of teeth over time.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth generally begin coming in between the ages of 15-25. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars. Often time these molars come in sideways, or simply there is no room for them, which causes them to become compacted. Wisdom teeth are not necessarily needed so the removal of them is very common in teens.