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Treatment of Impacted Canines Helps Your Smile Stay Whole

Dentist and patient looking at x-raysEveryone’s primary (“baby”) teeth are eventually replaced by adult teeth, but this gradual process doesn’t always go off without a hitch. If a tooth is unable to break through the gum tissue completely and remains partially or fully trapped, this impaction can negatively influence your overall smile and oral health. Canine teeth are the most likely teeth to fall victim to this issue, and thankfully, our highly experienced oral surgeon at Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center is here to help. With multiple locations in and around the Denver, CO area, our team is never too far away when you need us. Give us a call today to schedule a visit.

When Should I Seek Help For Impacted Teeth?

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Treatment for impacted teeth should start at a younger age, and we recommend scheduling a consultation right away if a tooth seems to be excessively late in making an appearance. When it comes to canines, most people will have them when they’re around 13 years of age, and the teeth will close the only space left between the upper front teeth. If this year passes by and this space is still present, contact our practice right away for assistance.

How are Impacted Teeth Treated?

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Our doctor's goal will always be assisting the impacted tooth so that it can finally erupt properly and serve the patient’s smile well. This is typically done by partnering with an orthodontist in the Denver area. After their office has successfully placed braces in order to create enough space for the missing tooth, one of our specialists will lift the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bond an orthodontic bracket to it. This bracket is attached to a chain that in turn attaches to the orthodontic wire. Over time, this gentle pressure should cause the tooth to move up and into its proper position.

Impaction treatment lasts for up to a year in most cases, and patients will need to attend follow-up appointments with their orthodontist to ensure success. Once the tooth has finally reached its ideal position, our team suggests that patients come back to the practice for an in-depth evaluation of their gum tissue so that we make sure it’s protecting and supporting the tooth as it should.