Teeth grow into the mouth by passing through the gums and emerging into their natural position. Sometimes, however, a tooth gets stuck and either does not emerge or only partially emerges into the mouth. When this occurs, the tooth is said to be impacted. The most common impacted teeth are the wisdom teeth and the canines.
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
It is important to receive early diagnosis and treatment of any impacted teeth to avoid misalignment and the costly dental or orthodontic treatments that are needed as a result. To determine if a tooth is impacted, your doctor will perform a thorough oral exam. The presence of puffiness or swollen gum tissue, redness, tenderness, or drainage in the area of the tooth may indicate an impacted tooth. If an impacted tooth is suspected, an X-ray will confirm its presence.
Dr. Poore may also advise you to undergo an in-office cone beam CT scan to precisely locate the position of the tooth in three dimensions. This state-of-the-art diagnostic procedure is conveniently done during your consultation at Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery. The detailed images provide invaluable information to Dr. Poore, guiding his approach to your surgery and decreasing the invasiveness and duration of the procedure itself. The 3D images also allow Dr. Poore to assist your orthodontist in planning the guided eruption of the tooth into its desired position.
Exposure and Bonding
One of the most common treatments for impacted teeth is a procedure called exposure and bonding. This treatment requires that the orthodontist and the oral surgeon work hand in hand to align the rest of the teeth for the impacted tooth to grow in properly. The orthodontist prepares the mouth by moving the fully grown teeth into their correct positions in the mouth, leaving room for the impacted tooth to grow into place. Next, the oral surgeon will expose the impacted tooth by lifting the bone and gum tissue covering it. Once exposed, the surgeon attaches an orthodontic bracket with a very small chain to the tooth. At a later date, your orthodontist will use the chain to gently pull on the impacted tooth and, over time, move the tooth into its proper alignment.
If you suspect you might have an impacted tooth, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Matthew Poore is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and he looks forward to caring for you at our accredited surgical facility.
Where can I get an impacted tooth treated in Monroe County, PA?
At Monroe Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we offer a wide variety of oral and facial surgery services, including the exposure of impacted teeth. Dr. Matthew Poore and his highly skilled team serve all of Monroe County, including East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Marshalls Creek, Tannersville, Bartonsville, Bangor, Bushkill, Brodheadsville, Tobyhanna, Sciota, Saylorsburg, Nazareth, Swiftwater, Mt. Pocono, Reeders, Mt. Bethel, Cresco, Blakeslee, Pocono Summit, Effort, Kresgeville, Kunkletown, Pen Argyl, Hazelton, PA, and Blairstown, NJ.