If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, many times the orthodontist needs to make space for teeth that have not yet erupted. With or without space, some teeth may be impacted and not have enough room to erupt into the mouth without assistance
Our oral surgeons will work with your orthodontist to help get the teeth to erupt. Each case is evaluated on an individual basis. In some cases you may need to take a 3D CT Scan to help with the evaluation process. This can be done within our facility using the world’s first low dose cone beam green CT Scan.
In some cases an orthodontist will place braces on the teeth to open a space to provide room for your impacted tooth to move into its proper position. Sometimes this movement may be all you need for the tooth to erupt into position. In some cases your baby tooth has not fallen out already and it may be left in place until the adult tooth is ready. If the tooth just fails to move into place on its own within an appropriate amount of time, your orthodontist will recommend exposure of the tooth with the help of one of our oral surgeons.
Whether your othodontists placed orthodontic brackets or not, your orthodontist may refer you to our office to perform a simple surgical procedure where the oral surgeon will lifts up the gum on top of the impacted tooth to expose the hidden tooth underneath. If there is a baby tooth present your orthodontist will refer you to remove your baby tooth along with exposing the unerupted tooth.
Once your tooth is exposed the oral surgeon will bond an orthodontic bracket to the exposed tooth and depending on the method requested by your orthodontist, the bracket may have a small gold chain attached to it. The gold chain will be guided back to the orthodontic arch wire where it will be temporarily attached. This procedure will allow the tooth to erupt into the mouth with less resistance.