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FAQ:  Crowded Teeth

My 12 year old daughter's canine teeth have not erupted through the gums yet.

A panoramic xray shows they are there but there is obvious crowding and very little room especially on her left side.

My dentist is suggesting removal of at least one permanant first year molar to make room for these teeth. Just wanted your thought on this. ...Visitor from OH

Extractions are a popular method for making room in a crowded environment.

Whether or not it is appropriate for your daughter should be confirmed by someone who can see what is going on.

Molar extractions are safe in terms of preserving natural facial cosmetics and structure. Read our sections on Adult Orthodontics and Extraction Orthodontics for an idea of what can go wrong when treatment isn't prudent.

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