Most of the time, a tooth erupts through the gums and into its proper place. Sometimes, a tooth is not able to come in the way it should and becomes stuck. A tooth that is trapped beneath the gums is said to be impacted. This can happen to any tooth, but wisdom teeth and canines are particularly prone to impaction.
In general, wisdom teeth are recommended for removal whether they are impacted or not. But canines are important to the bite and alignment of the mouth. Canine teeth that are impacted require a collaborative effort from an oral surgeon and an orthodontist to help the tooth come into the mouth.
Canine teeth tend to erupt around the age of 11 or 12; they are the last primary teeth to come in. It is common for canine teeth to become impacted due to several reasons:
- The baby teeth do not fall out before the canines are ready to come in.
- There’s not enough room in the mouth.
- The tooth’s path is blocked due to unusual growths.
- Dental crowding due to extra teeth, although this is rare.
It is important that your child see their dentist regularly to monitor their developing teeth, who can recommend further treatment at the right time. It is usually recommended to expose the tooth as early as possible so that it has the best chance to come in on its own. If an impacted tooth is suspected, an X-ray or CT scan can confirm.
To expose an impacted tooth, your oral surgeon will use braces to create a space for the impacted tooth to come in. Once the surrounding teeth into their new positions, you will undergo a minor procedure from your oral surgeon to expose the impacted tooth and bond a small chain to it. Your orthodontist will use the chain to guide the canine into the right position as it grows into the mouth.
Exposing an impacted tooth is a simple procedure that is performed in our office. Local or IV sedation is used to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. However, it is normal and expected to experience some discomfort afterward.
Impacted Tooth Exposure in Mason City, IA
If you or your child has been recommended for the treatment of an impacted tooth, please contact our office. We will meet with you to discuss your condition and design a customized treatment plan to achieve your oral health goals.