The offices of Michigan Oral Surgeons in Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Adrian, and Dexter, MI, all offer impacted tooth exposure.
Teeth grow into the mouth by breaking through the gums and emerging into their natural position. Sometimes, a tooth gets stuck beneath the gum and either does not emerge or only partially emerges in the mouth. If this occurs, the tooth is impacted. The most common form of impacted teeth are the wisdom teeth, which are located in the back of the mouth. The canines in the front of the mouth also have a tendency to become impacted and require surgical intervention.
A tooth may become impacted for a variety of reasons, including
- Overcrowding of the teeth in the mouth
- The presence of extra teeth or the lack of normal adult teeth
- Unusual growths blocking the tooth’s proper eruption
- Inability of the tooth to follow the normal growth track of adjacent teeth
The presence of puffiness or swollen gum tissue, tenderness, redness, or drainage in the area around the tooth may indicate an impacted tooth. It is important to be aware of your symptoms and receive an early diagnosis so you can receive proper treatment in a timely manner to avoid the problems created by the impacted teeth. Your dentist or orthodontist can recognize the presence of an impacted tooth and may refer you to an oral surgeon for evaluation and treatment. To confirm the presence of an impacted tooth, your oral surgeon will perform a thorough oral and X-ray exam.
Exposure and Bonding
One of the most common treatments for impacted canine teeth is a procedure called exposure and bonding. This treatment enlists the orthodontist and an oral surgeon, who will work hand in hand to align the neighboring teeth properly to allow the impacted tooth to grow in. The orthodontist prepares the mouth by moving the established teeth, thus leaving room for the impacted tooth to grow into its natural position. Next, the oral surgeon will step in to lift up the bone and gum that are covering the impacted tooth. Once the tooth is exposed, the surgeon attaches an orthodontic bracket to the impacted tooth with a very small chain attached to it. This chain is secured to the adjacent orthodontic appliances (arch wire). The orthodontist uses the chain to pull gently on the impacted tooth and, over time, move the tooth into its proper alignment within the mouth.
If you suspect you might have an impacted tooth, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. Drs. Fear, Lopez, Fasi, and Sanker look forward to caring for you in one of our four state-of-the-art surgical facilities in Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Adrian, or Dexter, MI.