In some cases, a tooth does not break through the gum and remains stuck in the bone and gum tissues. This is known as an impacted tooth.
Some of the most-commonly impacted teeth are the upper canines (also known as the eye teeth). If the canine teeth do not erupt as normal, a general dentist or orthodontist will check the position of the adjacent teeth to make certain that the canines have sufficient space to grow in. Your referring dentist or orthodontist will also take X-rays to check the position of the impacted tooth and assess any effects on adjacent teeth and oral structures. In most cases, once you have been referred to us, we will create a treatment plan to expose the impacted canines. To expose an impacted upper canine, our oral surgeon will typically remove the gums, tissue and bone that cover the tooth. For some patients, this is enough to allow the tooth to grow in as normal. For others, we will bond an orthodontic attachment to the impacted tooth. This attachment is connected to a gold chain that is used to apply gentle force to bring the tooth into position.
For more information about how we can help you with impacted teeth, please call or visit our office today.