EXPOSURE OF IMPACTED TEETH
An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot erupt into function. The maxillary canine is the a common tooth to become impacted. The canines play an important role in your “bite”. If a canine is impacted, every effort is made to get it to erupt into its proper position. The techniques involved to aid eruption can be applied to any impacted tooth in the upper or lower jaw, but are most commonly applied to the maxillary canine. A panoramic x-ray/CBCT, along with a dental examination, will help determine whether you have an impacted tooth.
Treatment may require referral to an oral surgeon for extraction of over-retained baby teeth and/or selected adult teeth that are blocking the eruption canine. The oral surgeon will also need to remove any extra teeth (supernumerary teeth) or growths that are blocking the eruption of any adult teeth.
Each case must be evaluated on an individual basis, but treatment will usually involve a combined effort between the orthodontist and the oral surgeon. The oral surgeon will expose and bracket the impacted canine. Should you need this type of surgical procedure, your doctor at ROMS will explain all the surgical steps in detail prior to your procedure.