A tooth is impacted when it remains partially or totally trapped under the gum tissue, not erupting the way it is supposed to. While impacted teeth can lead to many oral health complications, treatment is possible via collaboration between your orthodontist and an oral surgeon. At North Iowa Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we are happy to provide treatment for impacted canines to patients throughout Mason City, IA.
Causes of Impacted Teeth
The canine teeth are typically the last of the primary teeth to come in and tend to erupt around age 11 or 12, but in some cases may become impacted. There are several common reasons for canine impaction, including:
- The baby teeth do not fall out in time for the canines to come in
- There simply is not enough room in the mouth
- Unusual growths block the tooth’s path to eruption
- Extra teeth cause crowding in the mouth
When left untreated, impacted canines can result in further dental complications, making it crucial to seek impacted canine exposure as promptly as possible.
Treatment of Impacted Canines
The treatment of impacted canines will always begin with a consultation. The doctor will go over the specifics of the procedure, answer any questions, and provide guidance regarding sedation and anesthesia options. Our practice provides several sedation options to ensure that each patient has a safe, comfortable experience with us.
Impacted canines are surgically exposed, meaning gum tissue is cut away to provide the tooth with a clear path for eruption. Typically, a bracket is placed on the tooth, then connected by chain to a set of braces. This helps pull the exposed canine into its proper, healthy condition. In this way, the treatment of impacted canines is a collaborative effort between your orthodontist and your oral surgeon.
Once your initial treatment is complete, you will be sent home with aftercare instructions to ensure a safe, speedy recovery. While you can expect some swelling and discomfort, these symptoms are usually very easy to manage with over-the-counter pain medications.
You’re in Good Hands with North Iowa Oral Surgery
At North Iowa Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, we boast a team of qualified doctors with more than 35 years of combined experience. Our practice performs safe and successful canine exposures, and we are always happy to provide further insight into treatment options. To schedule a consultation, reach out to our Mason City, IA practice today at (641) 424-1656.