A tooth is considered to be impacted when it cannot properly emerge through the gums. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth, followed by canine teeth. Wisdom teeth are simply removed, but canine teeth have essential functions and need to be a part of the dental arch. Canines are crucial for biting and chewing, and they must be properly aligned. An impacted tooth is often discovered during routine X-rays at your dentist’s office, so it’s important to attend regular checkups so that these types of problems can be found and treated early.
Canines begin developing around age 10 and finish growing during the early teen years. Several things can cause an impacted tooth, such as:
Without treatment from a professional, an impacted tooth is unlikely to ever erupt into its proper place. It will remain trapped beneath the gums, which poses a threat to oral health.
After it’s determined that you have an impacted tooth, your oral surgeon and orthodontist will work together to expose the impacted tooth, bond a bracket and chain to it, and move it to its proper position in the dental arch. When you come to see us, we will take 3D CBCT scans to get a clear picture of your condition, as well as discuss your anesthesia and sedation options. Our office also utilizes advanced sterilization equipment for our surgical instruments, which reduces the risk of cross-contamination.
Dr. Foxson will make an incision in your gum to expose the impacted tooth. A bracket is attached to the tooth and connected to other brackets or anchors that your orthodontist will have already inserted. You will visit your orthodontist as needed to track your progress and ensure the tooth is steadily moving into its correct position. The duration of this treatment will depend on the severity of your condition and if any other procedures are required, such as extracting a tooth or other orthodontic services.
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