Optimal oral function and appearance depends on each tooth emerging into its proper position. Sometimes, though, a tooth becomes “stuck” and cannot descend into its predetermined spot. When this occurs, it’s necessary to help the tooth by uncovering it and implementing safe, proven methods to facilitate movement. At NTFOS, we work closely with orthodontists to uncover impacted teeth.
The most common teeth to become impacted are the wisdom teeth and the maxillary cuspids (upper eye teeth). Wisdom teeth serve no purpose in the modern jaw, and removal of impacted or erupted wisdom teeth is typically the most prudent course of action. The cuspids play a crucial role in bite alignment. They’re the last of permanent front teeth to erupt – usually around age 13 – and they have the longest roots of any human teeth.
An impacted cuspid isn’t likely to erupt on its own. That’s where North Texas Facial & Oral Surgery come in. Our doctors use leading-edge techniques and state-of-the-art methodologies to uncover impacted teeth and promote optimal oral alignment and health. Working together with orthodontists, our doctors employ a plan of action that typically involves a surgical procedure to expose the tooth, along with the implementation of orthodontic treatment to guide the tooth into place.
Exposing an unerupted tooth results in a healthier, more attractive smile and a happier patient!