Impacted teeth present a number of oral health problems to patients. When a tooth is impacted, it means that it has not emerged fully through the gums. An impacted tooth can become infected quite easily. It can also affect oral function by crowding other teeth and producing significant discomfort.
Our practice, home to some of the best oral surgeons in our area, offers treatment for impacted teeth. The type of treatment used will depend on which tooth is impacted. Some teeth may require extraction while others may require a combination of oral surgery and orthodontic treatment to guide a tooth to healthy eruption.
Extracting Impacted Teeth
The most common type of teeth to become impacted in the gums is wisdom teeth. This normally occurs because there is rarely enough room for these third molars to erupt upright. With little room to emerge, wisdom teeth tend to produce many oral health complications including abscesses and orthodontic problems.
The best form of treatment for an impacted third molar is surgical removal. Surgically removing a tooth is called an extraction. Our oral surgeons will gently remove the crown and roots of a tooth. When performing extractions, we use the latest techniques and technology to ensure high quality care. We provide pain relieving medication so that our guests are comfortable and relaxed throughout treatment. Having a wisdom tooth extracted can prevent future oral health complications and reduce discomfort associated with impacted teeth.
Guiding Impacted Teeth to Eruption
Sometimes other teeth become impacted during the period of tooth transition. If baby teeth do not fall out as quickly as adult teeth are coming in, new teeth may become stuck in the gums. The most common tooth affected by this problem is the maxillary cuspid. If this tooth cannot emerge on its own, baby teeth may be extracted and a procedure to expose the impacted tooth may be performed. Our team will gently open the gum tissue to expose this tooth and bond a fixed orthodontic bracket to the tooth. This bracket will be used to guide the tooth to a healthier position over time through orthodontic treatment.
To learn more, contact the office of Drs. Sherry and Wallace to schedule your informative consultation.