Most of the time, teeth grow into the dental arch with no problems. Occasionally, a tooth may become stuck under the gums and become impacted. This can happen to any tooth, but wisdom teeth and canines are particularly prone to impaction. When wisdom teeth become impacted, extraction is often recommended to avoid oral health complications, but when canines are impacted, they must be treated differently because they are crucial for a stable bite. It’s very important to treat impacted canine teeth as soon as possible because the longer they stay trapped under the gums, the more likely it is that their roots will develop and fuse with the jaw bone — reducing the chance for successful treatment.
The standard treatment for children, teens, and in some cases even adults with impacted canine teeth, is a very effective two-phase procedure called exposure and bonding. The procedure of exposing an impacted tooth is in our welcoming Pocatello and Blackfoot offices with local anesthesia or IV sedation to make sure that you or your child are comfortable and completely at ease. Some discomfort afterward is normal and to be expected, but don’t worry, your oral surgeon will discuss pain management options before any procedure takes place. During the exposure and bonding process, patients will be treated first by their orthodontist who will use braces to make room for the impacted tooth to grow in properly. Next, your oral surgeon will surgically uncover the tooth (expose it) by making an incision in the gum and/or bone that is blocking the tooth and then install a small orthodontic bracket and chain to the tooth. The orthodontist will then use the bracket and chain to guide the impacted tooth over a period of a few months’ time into its proper location in your dental arch.
What causes an impacted tooth?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children should be seen by a dental professional by age 7 for an examination and imaging to track the development of the adult teeth. While most teeth grow in properly, they can become impacted due to
- Baby teeth that have not fallen out in time
- Abnormal growths that block the route of the tooth
- Dental crowding
We are proud to provide oral surgery services to patients of all ages, including young children and teens, and are experts in exposing impacted teeth so that they grow in properly. Our main goal is to focus on the individual needs of every patient and provide them with a comfortable and satisfying experience.
Exposure and Bonding in Pocatello and Blackfoot, ID
If your child requires treatment for impacted canines, we recommend you make an appointment for a consultation with one of our trusted oral surgeons. During this first visit, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan for the safest and most comfortable procedure possible. Your child will be in the best hands with our kind and gentle staff. We know how to make sure children feel calm and comfortable during oral surgery procedures. Please contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule your consultation. Thank you for the opportunity to care for you and your family.