Posted by: Heila | 2009/02/03


8yr old has fractured front tooth

Hi there, my situation is as follows:- my son of 8 has fractured a front permanent tooth so badly that they had to extract it as nothing else could' ve been done. They took impressions and were going to make a plate for him - as he has to wear this until about 18 years - as his jaw / bone structure is still growing and nothing permanent can be done at this stage. When going there yesterday, I was told that they can' t make a plate as there was no space in his mouth for this to fit as his " bite"  from lower jaw, was almost onto his gums at the top.. I' ve been told to go to an orthodontist so that they can possibly " lift"  / " widen"  his bite by about 2mm so that there would be space for a plate??! Why not just give him a plate and this will automatically lift / widen the jaw.. surely once the plate is in, he can only bite as far as the plate? What do I do?? I have to pay cash for everything and then claim back from the medical aid, but to pay upfront is getting a bit difficult now........ Any suggestions?

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Oral health expert

The plate will not widen the jaw. the only way to do this is by orthodontic treatment. If you make it so that he only bites as far as the plate, the back teeth will not be in contact. This creates a whole host of other problems for the developing teeth/bite.
Phone orthodontists in your area and see if there are any that accept medical aids. You do not necessarily have to go to the one your dentist referred you to.

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Posted by: riana | 2009/10/16

Can dental x-rays burn my tongue? (so that my tongue take the shape of my teeth at the sides and in front)

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