For the most attractive smile and a properly functioning bite, it is important for each tooth to grow into its appropriate position. In most cases, tooth eruption is a natural process that may require minor orthodontic assistance in order to achieve perfection. In many instances, one or more teeth may fail to grow into place naturally, and you’ll need the expertise of an oral surgeon to complete the process.
One of the most commonly impacted, or “trapped” teeth are the upper cuspids. These teeth, also referred to as the eye teeth or canines, play an important role in the alignment of your bite. They also have the longest roots of any other permanent teeth, making them stronger and more durable than most of the other teeth.
Oral surgeons utilize cutting-edge techniques and state-of-the-art systems to identify and uncover impacted teeth.
Since an impacted cuspid cannot be expected to erupt naturally, modern dentistry offers many proven solutions to assist in the process. Your orthodontist may choose to partner with your oral surgeon to access the impacted tooth and work to guide it into position. Often times, the tooth is partially or completed imbedded in the jawbone and gum tissue. It takes a collaborative effort and advanced planning with the help of digital imaging and specialized oral surgery equipment in order to determine the exact location of the tooth and make the appropriate movements.
Oral surgeons utilize cutting-edge techniques and state-of-the-art systems to identify and uncover impacted teeth. The ultimate goal is to promote the most ideal dental alignment and protect your overall health. In a strong partnership with your orthodontist, your oral surgeon can complete an important phase of your treatment. Using appropriate methods of sedation and anesthesia, the exposed tooth can be fitted with special orthodontic appliances that help to move the tooth into its correct placement.
If you have been diagnosed with an impacted cuspid, and are interested in optimizing your smile, consult our dedicated and experienced team at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery, serving Dallas and neighboring areas, today to learn more about your options.