Posted on 6/13/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Tooth impaction occurs when you have a tooth that's stuck between two other teeth, your bone, or a piece of soft tissue - all things that can prevent your tooth from properly erupting.
When you have an impacted tooth, you shouldn't believe that your only option is extraction or braces.
Nevertheless, you really do need to have it treated by Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery so that it doesn't result in additional dental problems in the future. For instance, when left untreated, these teeth will push against the other teeth or bone near it, which will result in the pain that's associated with this issue.
Options for Treating Impacted Teeth
Although extraction is a popular way of treating impacted teeth, it isn't the only way of doing so. There are several other options that are also available here. Expanders will make more room in your mouth so your teeth can erupt properly. This may take a few months to work though.
There are also two forms of forced eruption commonly used. Open forced eruption utilizes a full set of braces after surgery for when the problem is noticed later in development. There's also closed forced eruption.
This resembles open forced eruption, but the primary difference is that the braces are placed on the impacted tooth itself. Many oral surgeons believe closed forced eruption delivers the most aesthetically pleasing results.
When none of these other options work, surgical repositioning may be necessary.
If you have an impacted tooth, make an appointment with our office. We'll start by taking some x-rays of your teeth to see exactly what's going on with your impacted tooth. Once we have a better idea here we'll discuss your options with you.
Rest assured there's nothing to fear here since extraction is never your only option. So, call Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery today at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576 and let's work it out.