impacted teeth

Impacted teeth can be caused by improper positioning of the developing tooth bud. This can cause the tooth to fail to erupt into the mouth in its proper position. Impactions can also be caused by early loss of primary teeth or crowding of teeth. Wisdom teeth are the most commonly impacted teeth, but canines and premolars are also commonly impacted.

Impacted teeth problem should be corrected because it may:

  • Cause damage to the root structure of adjacent teeth.
  • Interfere with the sinus cavity.
  • Leave unwanted spaces.
  • Lead to improper functioning of the teeth.
  • Cause premature wear of the teeth.
  • Cause asymmetric alignment of the teeth.

Impacted Tooth

Before After

How can impacted teeth be orthodontically corrected?

Usually the impacted tooth is exposed by another dental professional and over the course of a few months is brought into the correct position of the mouth by Dr. Patel. Correction of impacted teeth may involve a minor surgical procedure performed by an oral surgeon working closely with Dr. Patel.. This will allow Dr. Patel to then guide eruption of the impacted tooth into proper position. If the impacted teeth cannot be brought into the archform, then possible extraction or other treatment alternative may be necessary.

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