Impaction refers to teeth that are stuck beneath the gums, and it most often occurs in wisdom teeth and canines. A variety of situations can result in impacted teeth, including the presence of a bone or obstruction blocking the growth path or baby teeth not falling out. In cases of wisdom teeth, we can just remove the molars and prevent further problems from arising. Canine teeth, however, are vital to the development of your bite and tooth alignment, which is why we offer treatment at our offices in Springfield, Jacksonville, and Litchfield, IL.
What causes impaction?
Typically, canines begin developing around the age of 10 and finish growing in the next few years. Canine teeth most commonly become impacted because
- There are too many teeth in the dental arch.
- The primary/baby teeth aren’t falling out as expected
- Bone or other structures are blocking the canine’s eruption path.
- Dental crowding has the other teeth obstructing the canine’s spot.
At your consultation appointment, your oral surgeon can thoroughly examine your condition and determine the cause of impaction, which will help us develop a personalized treatment plan.
Exposure of Impacted Teeth
We most commonly address impacted canines with exposure and bonding, a process that involves both our team and your orthodontist. Treatment begins when your orthodontist places your braces, which will move the rest of your teeth into the proper position and create the space needed for the canine’s eruption. When the rest of your teeth have moved out of the way, your oral surgeon will take over to expose the canine tooth, which often requires minor bone and tissue removal, and bond a bracket and chain to it. Your orthodontist then uses the chain to pull the canine down into its proper position slowly.
Impacted Teeth at Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois
If your canine or your child’s canine is impacted, contact one of our offices in Springfield, Decatur, Jacksonville, or Litchfield, IL. In the rare cases that exposure and bonding cannot save the impacted tooth, we offer dental implants and other tooth replacement options. When you come in for your consultation, we will discuss all of your options and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.