What is an Impacted Tooth?
A tooth is considered to be impacted when it fails to emerge or erupt through the gums on its own. You may often hear the term used when talking about wisdom tooth removal, but it can commonly occur with your canine teeth as well. It is important to treat impacted teeth as soon as possible, this prevents them from causing a bigger issue, such as formations of cysts, preventing surrounding teeth from erupting properly and even infection of the area.
There are two options most commonly used for treating impacted canine teeth. For the first option the tooth is exposed allowing it to erupt on its own. Once the surgery is completed, the surgeon may place a protective dressing over the surgical site while it heals. This option allows the canine tooth to emerge until it is at the level of the surrounding teeth. Once the tooth is fully erupted the treatment can then be completed by the orthodontist, in which he will apply a bracket to further adjust the position of the tooth.
The second option would expose the tooth and then attach an orthodontic bracket to it either at the time of surgery or shortly after in order to help guide and pull the tooth to the level of the surrounding teeth.
Both options are strategically coordinated with your orthodontist and dentist, to ensure that the treatment is successful. We will also complete consult in our office to discuss and evaluate the best option for you. For more information or to schedule a consult, please call our office at Lehigh Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Phone Number 610-435-6161.