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As your son or daughter grows up their oral structure gradually expands to accommodate the presence of their 32 adult teeth. The alignment of these teeth can be influenced by genetics as well as environmental factors.

Primary teeth are meant to be shed at a certain pace, over the course of time. If a large cavity or significant dental fracture affects the health of a primary tooth, there might not be enough healthy structure remaining to effectively treat and restore the tooth.

In some of these cases, your dentist might advocate extracting the tooth to help ease the pain and prevent a dangerous infection from befalling your child.

The minute changes in the natural oral structure in the area can eventually start to influence the alignment of the emergent adult teeth. This can lead to overcrowding, broad spacing, or other deviations in their natural bite pattern.

The net effect is an increase their chances of needing braces at some point in adolescence or early adulthood.

If you are in the Lakeville, Minnesota, area and you concerned that one or more missing teeth might be affecting the alignment of your child’s teeth, you should call 952-469-6760 to set up an appointment with the orthodontic specialists at Orthodontic Specialists, P.A.