How We Bracket Your Impacted Teeth

santa rosa bracketing teeth into placeAn impacted tooth is one that only partially erupts, and could lead to serious issues with your smile. but our team can help address the concern with a unique procedure known as bracketing. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa , CA, oral surgeons talk about bracketing an impacted tooth.

The Causes of Tooth Impaction

A tooth could become impacted if you lose baby teeth too early, leading to shifts in your smile and altering how your permanent teeth can erupt. If your baby teeth also fail to fall out on time, this could lead to a partial eruption. For others, as wisdom teeth erupt there could be too little room for them, which means they can only partially erupt. With wisdom teeth, this could lead to damage to nearby teeth and an increased risk of everything from infection to misalignment. How do we address your impacted teeth? Often, we can help with a bracketing procedure.

The Risks to Your Smile

Unless treated, this could lead to dental misalignment, altering the beauty of your smile and making it more difficult to brush and floss, which in turn means a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The stress on your jaw joints from the impacted teeth could also increase the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). Don’t let the health and function of your smile change in negative ways, talk to our team about possible treatments.

The Bracketing Process

For teeth out of position due to misalignment caused by issues with the loss of primary teeth and eruption of permanent ones, we could bracket them back into position. We will attach a bracket to the tooth in question, and another to a nearby tooth. We then connect them with a short length of chain. Our team will then adjust the tension in the chain to begin shifting the tooth into proper position. After a few visits, this will move the tooth into alignment with the rest of your smile, so you have a healthier and more attractive smile, and a balanced bite too.

Tooth Extraction

If the tooth in question is a wisdom tooth, or another that cannot be properly repositioned, we could instead extract the tooth gently and carefully. The procedure can prevent major complications for your smile and take as little as 30 minutes to complete, and most people return to normal activities after only a day of rest. If you have any questions, then contact our team today to learn more.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Team Today

Our team wants to help you enjoy good oral health and avoid major complications for your smile. If you would like to learn more about addressing partial tooth eruption, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling (707)545-4625.