What To Do When A Tooth Is Impacted

rohnert part impacted teethWhen a tooth doesn’t erupt properly, which can occur due to a number of factors, this could lead to an impaction, one that causes major problems for your smile. To avoid complications, our team can actually bracket the tooth back into proper position. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons talk about bracketing or extracting impacted teeth.

Impacted Teeth

A tooth could become impacted for a number of reasons. For example, premature or delayed loss of baby teeth could alter how the permanent teeth erupt. Issues with the growth of your jaw and the arrival of the teeth could be a factor as well. For many, this could occur as the wisdom teeth erupt in early adulthood, leading to impaction. Without treatment, this could be linked to infection, damaged teeth, and even the onset of dental misalignment. However, we can address the concerns and restore function, health, and beauty to your smile once again.

Bracketing Them Into Place

To get started, our team will perform a panoramic x-ray with a 3D CT scan, so we can pinpoint the position of the tooth. We then perform a bracketing procedure to gently move it into proper position. Working with an orthodontist, our team will attach a bracket to the tooth in question, and another to a nearby tooth. We then connect them with a band or a chain, and adjust tension to begin shifting the tooth into proper position. Once we do, we can remove the brackets and chain/band. This helps shift the tooth into proper position and improves the overall alignment and health of your smile. You may continue your orthodontic treatment afterward without complication!

Tooth Extraction

What if the issue is due to a wisdom tooth? These cannot be bracketed into place as there is simply no room. Instead, we need to remove them completely from your smile to protect the overall health and alignment of your smile. Our team will again plan the process with digital imaging technology. We will numb the area and offer sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state. You will have little to no memory of the procedure afterwards. We then extract the tooth with a pair of forceps. In many cases, we will try to remove these teeth before they even erupt and threaten your oral health. The area will be sutured closed and detailed aftercare instructions and prescriptions to ensure a complication-free healing period.

Do You Have Questions About Protecting Your Smile?

We would like to help you avoid the complications of an impacted tooth. If you would like to learn more about safeguarding your smile’s health, function, and beauty, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.