Mendota Heights Orthodontics Expert Uses American Idol to Educate on Congenitally Missing Teeth
05/03/2010

Photographs of American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox show that she appears to have congenitally missing cuspids, a problem commonly addressed by orthodontists.

Online PR News – 03-May-2010 – – EAGAN, ST. PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Ever since Crystal Bowersox auditioned for American Idol, her teeth- as well as her talent- have generated a great deal of conversation among pop culture bloggers, and Mendota Heights orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth is using it as an opportunity to shed light on the issue of congenitally missing teeth and teeth whitening.

In photos of Bowersox, it appears that she is missing her cuspids, or canine teeth, said Eisenhuth, whose Eagan and Mendota Heights orthodontist treats patients with congenitally missing teeth.

About 20 percent of the population has congenitally missing teeth, according to an article on www.dentalresource.org, a dental health Web site. Most of these cases are missing wisdom teeth or third molars. Less than 3 percent of the American population is born with congenitally missing upper lateral incisors, while slightly more than 3 percent lacks second molars.

The best solution for Bowersox and others like her who are missing their cuspids is to have dental implants, said Eisenhuth, a Mendota Heights braces expert.
Implants with porcelain crowns have the look, feel and sturdiness of natural teeth and can last for quite some time when cared for properly, she said, adding that getting dental implants is fairly simple for youth with healthy bone.

An oral surgeon can’t place implants until the patient stops growing, which is at about age 18. At age 24, Bowersox could be a candidate for implants, provided she has no other underlying health issues, said Eisenhuth who also is an Eagan and Mendota Heights, MN Invisalign provider.
Bloggers also chatted up a storm about Bowersox’s dingy-colored teeth at the beginning of the season, but in subsequent episodes, it is apparent she had them whitened and perhaps had a professional teeth cleaning.

“Teeth whitening is one of the easiest, most economical cosmetic dentistry procedures that can be done,” Eisenhuth said. “We educate our patients on good brushing habits and advise them on the benefits of using whitening toothpaste during treatment, and we recommend that they see their family dentist if they are interested in using whitening gels after treatment.”

Learn More
If you would like more information about Mendota Heights, MN invisible braces, congenitally missing teeth, or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth, visit her Web site, http://doctorjennifer.com/ or call (651) 406-8100. Dr. Eisenhuth’s office is located at 3340 Sherman Ct. in Eagan.

About Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth
Dr. Eisenhuth attended the University of Minnesota Dental School and graduated in the top of her class. She earned the Minnesota Association of Orthodontic Achievement Award and several academic achievement awards. She entered her orthodontic residency at the University of Minnesota and earned a certificate in orthodontics and a Master of Science degree. She began practicing shortly after her graduation in May 1996 and opened her first practice in White Bear that October. She opened her office in Eagan in 2003.

Dr. Eisenhuth is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
She takes pride in caring for the orthodontic needs of residents in the Twin Cities- St. Paul and Minneapolis, and their surrounding regions, including Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights, Burnsville, Apple Valley and Eagan, Minnesota.
Her office is located at 3340 Sherman Court, Eagan, Minn., 55121.

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