Helping Impacted Canines Come Into the Dental Arch
A tooth that is partially or completely stuck beneath gum tissue is affected by impaction. While any tooth is susceptible to impaction, wisdom teeth and canine teeth are the most commonly affected. Regardless of impaction, wisdom teeth are generally removed. Since canine teeth are important to the bite and function of the mouth, extra efforts are made to bring it into its proper position. An oral surgeon and an orthodontist work together to treat an impacted canine through an expose and bond procedure.
Reasons a tooth may be affected by impaction include:
- Dental crowding
- Lack of teeth
- Extra teeth
- Growths or tumors
While impaction does not always have noticeable symptoms, the presence of swollen gums, tenderness, redness, or draining in the area around the tooth may be a sign of impaction. Your dentist or orthodontist are often the first to recognize an impacted tooth and can refer you to an oral surgeon for treatment. X-ray or 3D imaging can confirm an impacted tooth.
Exposure and Bonding
Treating an impacted canine requires time but is a very successful treatment. First, an orthodontist will prepare the mouth with braces to shift the teeth into their new positions and create a space for the impacted tooth to come in. Next, an oral surgeon will surgically expose the tooth and bond an orthodontic bracket with a small chain to it. This chain will be used by the orthodontist to guide the tooth into the dental arch as it grows in.
During the surgery, patients are kept comfortable with anesthesia. The type of anesthesia selected will be discussed and decided during the consultation. Oral surgeons receive specialized training to be able to administer anesthesia safely.
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