Correcting Impacted Teeth Before Braces

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Correcting Impacted Teeth Before Braces

Oral surgery is a common solution to dental issues like impacted wisdom teeth, but if you have an impacted tooth that will disrupt orthodontic treatment, you may need surgery to expose the tooth before orthodontic treatment can be effective. 

Why is Surgery Needed? 

Braces help guide your teeth into the proper position. If a tooth is impacted, or stuck beneath gum and bone, it disrupts your bite and can lead to misalignment and other orthodontic issues. 

As part of preparation for orthodontics, Dr. Dan may need to expose an impacted tooth to help it erupt and grow properly. An impacted tooth will not only create a gap in your smile, it can exert pressure on other teeth, causing them to grow crooked or create damage like abscesses.  

What Does the Procedure Involve? 

Surgery to expose an impacted tooth is simple and can often be accomplished under local anesthesia. Dr. Dan will remove some of the gum tissue to expose the impacted tooth. If the tooth is severely impacted and covered in bone, a small amount of the bone may have to be removed to allow the tooth to grow, but this is rare. 

Once the tooth is exposed, it will either be left to grow out on its own, or a small bracket will be placed around the tooth by your orthodontist. The bracket will help slowly guide the tooth into its proper placement, usually over the course of the orthodontic treatment. 

Even if you're not planning to get braces, it's important to detect and treat an impacted tooth as early as possible. This will save time in future treatments, along with improving your overall oral health. 

If you're concerned about an impacted tooth, or if your orthodontist has recommended surgical exposure of an impacted tooth, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Dan will work with your orthodontist to find the best option for your treatment. 

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