An impacted tooth is a condition where a tooth fails to emerge through the gums, remaining trapped within the bone and gum tissues. One of the most common occurrences of impacted teeth is with wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. These teeth often become impacted due to insufficient space within the dental arch for them to erupt correctly. To prevent complications affecting dental health, gums, and the jawbone, it is common practice to remove impacted wisdom teeth.

Upper Canines Tooth Exposure

Following closely in terms of frequency are the upper canines, also referred to as eye teeth. When upper canines do not erupt normally, our periodontist will evaluate the situation to determine the best way to expose those teeth and help them erupt properly. This is especially important for individuals about to receive orthodontic treatment, as exposing the impacted tooth will ensure that it can be guided into its proper alignment in preparation for or as part of orthodontic treatment. This evaluation of the impacted teeth includes assessing the neighboring teeth and structures through X-rays to determine whether the canines are indeed impacted.

Once it is established that upper canines are impacted, a treatment plan is devised. This procedure often begins with the removal of the gum tissue that covers the impacted tooth. For some patients, this step alone allows the tooth to emerge naturally. However, in more complex cases, an orthodontic attachment is bonded to the impacted tooth. This attachment is connected to a small chain, applying gentle force over time to guide the tooth into its correct position.

We invite you to call us today at 913-268-0808 to schedule your consultation with Dr. William Strutz and learn more about impacted tooth exposure in Shawnee, Kansas.

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