Bracketing Your Impacted Tooth

santa rosa impacted teethOral surgery means the ability to address serious oral health issues, the kind that could mean complications that harm the stability of your smile. One such issue is an impacted tooth, which could lead to misalignment, infection, or even damaged teeth. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa , CA, oral surgeons explain how we bracket impacted teeth to improve oral health!

How Does a Tooth Become Impacted?

An impaction means a tooth only partially erupts, most of it becoming trapped in the jaw. This could happen if a baby tooth fails to fall out in schedule, or due to issues with the size and shape of the jaw or surrounding teeth. The teeth that don’t erupt properly then impact the smile as a whole, leading to an increased risk of issues like misalignment, infection, damaged teeth, or discomfort. To correct the issue, the tooth needs to be shifted in to proper position. To accomplish this, our team may suggest the bracketing process.

Assessing Your Smile

To start, we need to carefully examine your smile to identify the factors behind this complication. Using digital panoramic x-rays and CT 3D scans, we created detailed images of your smile, including of your roots, jaw, and oral structures. From there, we locate the tooth unable to erupt, and find out the factors behind this complication. We then plan treatment to correct the issue without damaging surrounding tissues or bone structure.

The Bracketing Process

We start by lifting the gum and bone structure on top of the impacted tooth to expose it completely. We may need to extract any remaining baby teeth. Next, we attach an orthodontic bracket to the tooth in question and connect a small chain to it. The miniature chain is then pulled gently to begin shifting the tooth into proper position. We could then suggest routine care to adjust surrounding teeth if necessary, correcting the position of your teeth and improving your smile. Afterward, we will provide detailed care to ensure everything heals properly, and you avoid unnecessary complications. Our team also administers a numbing agents and dental sedation prior to the procedure to ensure you remain calm and relaxed throughout the process. If you have any questions about how we approach oral surgery, or if you have an issue with baby teeth falling our or permanent teeth erupting, then please contact our team today. We can correct the impacted tooth and improve the beauty and health of your smile.

Do You Have Any Questions?

Our team knows how to address issues that require oral surgery to correct, including impacted or damaged teeth. To learn more about rebuilding and restoring your smile, or to schedule a consultation, call Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.