Most of the time, teeth grow in normally. However, some teeth become impacted when they are blocked beneath gum or bone and fail to erupt into their normal position. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth, followed by the canine teeth.
An impacted tooth can cause surrounding teeth to become crowded, misaligned, or damaged. Some patients may experience pain, discomfort, swelling, or bad breath resulting from impacted teeth.
Due to the non-functional nature of wisdom teeth, they are typically extracted if they become impacted. Other teeth, though, are vital for normal bite development and proper chewing function. Therefore, rather than removing them, we help to promote their eruption. Your orthodontist might refer you to us for a simple procedure that exposes the impacted tooth. Once the tooth is exposed, a bracket can be bonded to it, which with appropriate orthodontic services can help guide it toward its proper placement.
Please contact us to make an appointment at our Fayetteville office or learn more about our team approach to treating impacted teeth. Our friendly staff is here to help!