Some dental surgery may be needed to help facilitate your orthodontic treatments. Such treatments are known as tooth exposure or guided eruption of impacted teeth. When there is crowding in teeth, some permanent teeth may be unable to come into the mouth and thus are known as impacted teeth. These teeth can be exposed and moved into their normal position through surgical eruption or uncovery. The gum tissue over the impacted tooth is pushed back and then a gold bracket is bonded to the malpositioned tooth. This bracket is then connected to the orthodontic wire to help move this tooth into the proper position. This procedure causes very little discomfort and can be made more comfortable with the use of sedation dentistry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Impacted Canine?

When a tooth fails to emerge through the gums, it is considered to be an impacted tooth. This commonly occurs in the case of canine teeth. It is important to treat an impacted tooth in order to prevent the improper eruption of nearby teeth, cyst formation, possible infection or other negative changes in the jaw.

How Long does it take to pull down an impacted canine?

The treatment to expose an impacted tooth takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Once you are asleep or when the area is numb, the surgeon will remove a small piece of gum and bone to uncover the tooth. From there, the orthodontist will slowly pull the tooth into position over the next several months.

What happens if you leave an impacted tooth?

If the impacted tooth is left untreated, the damage to the nearby teeth can progress, leaving it nonrestorable and vulnerable to tooth loss.