A common problem that new patients report is that they are getting food caught between their teeth. Even though this may not seem like it is a serious annoyance, we find that it must be addressed. Occasionally, a person’s home care is excellent and their dental habits include flossing, sometimes more that once a day, and the area can be healthy and maintained nicely. More often, the area where the food catches leads to gum inflammation and quite often leads to bone loss, which can cause the adjacent teeth to get loose.
We regularly notice that the area where the food gets caught also causes tooth decay. This week, we had a new patient that had two dental crowns with a space between them. Her dentist up north informed her that there was a problem brewing in the area. A quick digital x-ray revealed that the space where the food was getting caught caused both teeth to have decay underneath the margins of the two caps. Two new crowns are needed, as the food impaction had been progressing for some time. At her first visit, we rectified the problem, since her new temporary crowns will not allow food to get caught between her teeth.
For a different patient this week, we just added a simple filling that fit snugly to the adjacent tooth and the situation was simply resolved. We also have used Invisalign® to move teeth, straighten them, and close all spaces that are present.
On rare occasions, we will have a patient whose teeth move away from each other even after teeth are made to fit closer together. Crowns can be made to be joined together, preventing food from getting caught between them. Then, the problem is simply and permanently repaired.
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Also, if you have food getting caught between your teeth and you live near Boynton Beach, we would be happy to see you for a complimentary evaluation to help address the problem.