Feel like you are short a few teeth? Well, it could be they are missing or they might just be stuck under the gums. This is what is called an “impacted” or blocked tooth. In most cases, these teeth will not erupt into their normal position without some help, and that is where orthodontics come in to help.
Common teeth that are impacted are wisdom teeth, but it can happen to any teeth, such as canines, premolars, or even incisors (AKA the teeth in the front). Most of the time, you will never know you have an impacted tooth until an X-ray is taken to assess the position of all your teeth.
How do braces fix impacted teeth?
At True Smile Orthodontics, Dr. Sutton has all the tools to assess and treat impacted teeth. Equipped with a panograph, ceph, and CBCT (3D X-ray), we are able not only to diagnosis impacted teeth but using 3D imaging technology we can also pinpoint the exact location, shape, and health of the impacted tooth. This allows us to better treat the impaction and safely bring it into its proper position.
Once we determine that a tooth is truly impacted, we use a combination of braces and a surgical exposure of the tooth to safely bring it into position.
Does my child have an impacted tooth?
The best way to diagnose and treat impacted teeth is to find them early when the problem is just starting to develop. That is why the American Association of Orthodontics recommends children start being seen by an orthodontist as early as age 7.
This way, if a tooth is impacted or may become impacted, we are able to build a treatment plan to address the problem before it gets worse and save the tooth from becoming impacted using less invasive procedures.
Think you may have an impacted tooth or two? Don’t worry; we’ve got the tools to fix it and are here to help. Click the link below to schedule your free consultation or call us at (512) 668-7740.
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